The head of the parliamentary group of the Green Party in Germany has called for a stop to refugee deportations to Bulgaria. It was not in the interest of the government in that northern German state to deport people to a country like Bulgaria, in which refugees were beaten. “That is inhumane,” Katrin Göring-Eckardt said in the town of Quickborn, which is part of the Schleswig-Holstein province. According to the Hamburger Abendblatt daily, Göring-Eckardt said that some regional authorities within Germany had already announced they would not deport refugees to Bulgaria anymore.
A discussion about this aspect started during a Green party event, which was part of the election campaign in that northern province. It was connected to last week’s tragedy, in which Ahmad Nawabi, a young refugee from Afghanistan, jumped out of a window in order to avoid deportation to Bulgaria.
Nawabi was in surgery in a German hospital, due to the serious injuries he sustained. His family was not deported either, after the incident.
According to the so-called Dublin Accord, refugees can be deported to the E.U. country they first set foot in. At the same time, Bulgarian, German and other NGOs have accused Bulgarian authorities of abuse, which included violence and robbery. The United Nations have blasted Bulgaria for detaining refugees who cross the borders into the country illegally. And Deutsche Welle recently broke a story, according to which unattended minors are being put in jails as well. The latter practice even breaks the controversial Bulgarian laws.
Katrin Göring-Eckardt announced, she would work on an immigration and integration law. During the election campaign, it was the most difficult task to fight racism and xenophobia. Also she rejected any “Burqa Ban”, saying “these women should take those burqas off, one day. But if we ban burqas, the women will stay at home.”
In the meantime, Bulgarian government officials have said the “migratory pressure” on the country had decreased somewhat. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced, he wanted to send state employees to assist in the control of Bulgaria’s southern border. The Bulgarian Border police, which has been struck by countless corruption scandals in the past weeks, months and years, is already being supported by 190 officers sent by the new European border protection agency (“Frontex 2.0”).