According to current figures from the Ministry of the Interior, a total of 10,478 deportations took place between January and the end of October, of which 5,496 were voluntary (52 percent) and 4,982 were forced (48 percent). This is an increase of 25 percent compared to the previous year – with a decline in asylum applications in 2023 of almost 50 percent. Last year, 8,403 people were taken out of the country in the first ten months.
More than 45 percent of the people who are forcibly removed from the country have a criminal conviction. According to its own statements, the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum (BFA) is focusing on a further increase. In addition to numerous individual returns, a total of six charter returns were carried out in the past two weeks. In total, ten Dublin charter repatriations have been carried out to Bulgaria so far in 2023, as well as seven each to Romania and Croatia.
Number of people in primary care increased slightly
Meanwhile, a response from the Ministry of the Interior to the Liberal MP Hannes Amesbauer shows that the number of people receiving basic care via the asylum route is slightly increasing. In September, almost 19,000 asylum seekers, a good 3,200 people entitled to asylum and almost 10,300 people entitled to subsidiary protection were in this care. That’s around 4,000 more than at the same time last year. The last time there was a higher value was in 2018, when Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) headed the interior department. While the number of people entitled to asylum and those entitled to subsidiary protection was similar to this year, the number of asylum seekers receiving basic care was significantly higher at around 32,000 people.
Of course, the largest group currently receiving basic care is not asylum seekers, but rather displaced people from Ukraine.
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