EXCLUSIVE – Afghan migrants who attacked pensioners in THAT shocking train video were denied asylum after arriving four years ago… but Germany says it’s ‘too dangerous’ to send them home
- Three men who attacked pensioners on Munich train identified as Afghans
- Lived in Germany for four years, despite asylum requests being rejected
- Traced after shocking footage of the attack sparked a police investigation
- Elderly victims defended woman who reportedly rejected man’s advances
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A gang of migrants who attacked two pensioners on a Munich subway train are Afghans who have been living in Germany for four years even though their asylum applications have been rejected, MailOnline can reveal.
The men – aged 19, 20 and 23 – cannot be deported back to Afghanistan because it is deemed too dangerous. They may only be fined 200 euros for the attack.
Shocking footage of the assault this week showed the three men roughly seizing one elderly man by the arms, pinning him against the rail and shouting abuse at him.
A second elderly man can be seen grappling with one of the gang, before he is held up by the neck and threatened.
A Munich police spokesman told MailOnline it was ‘a big problem’ that so many migrants were able to stay in the country even after their asylum requests were rejected.
‘They have come here and their asylum requests have been rejected, but we aren’t able to send them home because there are no flights,’ said police spokesman Sven Muller.
‘A lot of people who have come here from war zones, from Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia, can’t be sent back when their asylum requests are denied because it’s too dangerous.’
‘It’s a big problem for Germany, and everywhere in Europe.’
Mr Muller estimated that there are a ‘few hundred thousand’ people in Germany living under a status dubbed ‘tolerated stay’ – or ‘Duldung’ in German.
‘They aren’t here illegally, but it’s a legal position of its own. It’s for people who have sought asylum and been rejected but it’s not possible to send them back home.
‘It means they can stay in Germany until it’s possible to send them back.
‘We have some people, from countries with civil wars, who have been here like this for 10 or 15 years.
‘We have very strict asylum rules here and not everyone has a chance. Only a very small amount of people get asylum, but it’s not possible to send those who don’t back to their countries.’
Mr Muller added: ‘If you are here as an asylum-seeker, you have to live in a specific centre. But if you are “tolerated”, you can live anywhere you like and work as well.’
He said it would be preferable in Germany to be ‘tolerated’ than be granted asylum, as you have more freedom.
Frankfurt-based refugee organisation Pro Asyl has estimated that more than 100,000 foreigners are living in Germany under the ‘tolerated stay’, which has been used for decades by local authorities.
Of these, the organisation believes some 10 per cent have already been living in Germany for more than 15 years.
People with ‘Duldung’ are also able to claim benefits in Germany, although they are limited according to the Law of Benefits for Asylum
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