Due to the effects of the pandemic, 2021 has had significantly fewer deportations as compared to 2020 that saw 4,088 people deported from Germany. This happened in the first quarter of the year with 2019 having even more deportations.
According to the Federal Police, 2,880 people were deported from Germany in the first three months of this year.
This was reported by the newspapers of the Funke media group (Tuesday editions), citing a response from the federal government to a request from the left-wing faction in the Bundestag.
In the first quarter of 2020 there were 4088 deportations in Germany, in the first quarter of 2019 there were even 5613.
The Newspapers credited the pandemic as the force behind less deportation as it is the only present new factor in the years from 2019.
Domestic political spokeswoman for the left-wing parliamentary group, Ulla Jelpke, criticized the federal government’s deportation practice. “Deportations are always to be rejected, but in the pandemic this is all the more urgent,” Jelpke told the newspapers.