BERLIN, 18 Aug. (DPA / EP) –
The German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, believes that asylum seekers from Syria who have returned to visit their country after they have fled should be deported as they “cannot claim they have been persecuted.”
“Anyone who is a Syrian refugee and regularly goes to Syria on vacation cannot claim that he has been persecuted. We have to deprive that person of his refugee status,” Seehofer said and collected the German newspaper 'Bild am Sonntag' .
Thus, the conservative politician has stated that the authorities would examine the revocation of refugee status, in the event that the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees (BAMF for its acronym in German) was aware of the travel of these people to their country originally.
“We will carry out repatriations if the situation permits,” he said after explaining that the authorities are monitoring the situation in Syria. Around 780,000 Syrians have fled to Germany in recent years following the conflict in Syria.