Because of the Coronavirus epidemic in northern Italy, Germany has temporarily suspended deportations of illegal migrants to the country.
The measure primarily concerns expulsions based on the Dublin procedure, the German Bild newspaper reported, citing the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
According to the report, asylum seekers who submitted their application in Italy but traveled to Germany initially will remain in the Federal Republic instead of going back to the European country where they first asked for asylum in order to process their application.
In connection with this, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) praised the Italian government during a press conference for its decision to quarantine migrant ships to prevent the virus from spreading.
The duration of the deportation ban will have an impact on the asylum procedure. Germany has six months to deport migrants if the initial reception state agrees to take them back. The deadline for arrests is twelve months. After the deadlines have passed, a decision must be made on the asylum application in Germany. It is currently unclear how long the deportation ban will remain in force.