The number of migrants required to leave Germany has reached a new high of 272 000 people. At the start of the year there were 250 000.
German daily Die Welt reported on the rising numbers, citing a paper from the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Since fewer deportations took place in the Corona crisis, the number rose from 256 000 people by a further 16 000 by the end of March.
Accordingly, the number of deportations has been falling continuously over the past few years. From 25 400 deportations in 2016, they fell to 22 100 expulsions last year.
The majority of those required to leave the country are being tolerated. Currently 221 000 have a so-called Duldung, certifying that the state cannot currently deport them even though they do not qualify for state protection.
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, there are major differences in the way illegals are handled within Germany. While Bremen and Baden-Wuerttemberg more often issue a tolerance, Bavaria has been trying harder to enforce the departure obligation.