SLAP IN THE FACE: Muslim Asylum seekers taking HOLIDAYS in the countries they are ‘fleeing’
- Investigation reveals registered asylum seekers have headed back to war-torn countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq
- Refugees can leave the country for 21 days a year, but are not obliged to say where they are going
- German MP Armin Schuster said the situation ‘leaves one speechless’
- Migration office says leisure trips show asylum seekers no longer fear for their safety, meaning they could be stripped of their status
Asylum seekers from war-torn nations including Syria and Iraq and registered as refugees have been heading back to the countries they fled on vacation, an investigation has found.
Migrants confirmed to a newspaper in Germany that they had traveled ‘for a short time’ back to their home countries, including Syria, Afghanistan and Lebanon.
The information was uncovered in an investigation by German media outlet Die Welt am Sonntag, which spoke to asylum seekers who confirmed they had visited their homeland on holiday.
An unnamed spokesperson from the German Federal Employment Office (BA) told the newspaper: ‘There are such cases.’
No official numbers are available, however.
Officials are now investigating how often refugees are vacationing in their homeland, having previously said they are fleeing persecution.
Rules in Germany state that asylum seekers who claim social benefits are entitled to leave the country for 21 days a year – but they are not obliged to report where they are traveling.
BA said: ‘There is no legal ground to demand that information’.
And it said that if it is aware of a refugee visiting the states they left to claim asylum, it is not allowed
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