Between about 50 and 200 persons were sent back each day, comprising largely of Moroccans, Algerians, and Egyptians, according to the ministry.
The effects of the stream of persons back through the southern German state of Bavaria into Austria have however been visible already, notably in the Upper Austrian city of Linz. Migrants, in particular Moroccans, are accused of being responsible for a number of incidents at the main Linz train station.
Unnamed Austrian authorities have reportedly showed dissatisfaction over Germany’s decision to send back migrants. They claim the migrants will either make renewed attempts to enter Germany illegally or apply for asylum in Austria which they have little chance of success, according to the Krone newspaper.
The Interior Ministry noted however that preliminary figures available for February so far show a decline in the number of persons sent back to Austria, perhaps due to Austria’s border management system that has in turn relieved pressure on Germany.
The Ministries of Interior and Defence have confirmed on Friday their respective ministers, Johanna Mikl-Leitner and Hans Peter Doskozil, plan to travel to Morocco to negotiate a repatriation agreement for the sending back of economic migrants. Enditem