The motive? Desperation!

A statement by Nora Brezger, Berlin Refugee Council


The people who come to Germany via perilous escape routes are usually traumatised by physical, sexualised and psychological violence that a large number of them experience on route. How can there be a “voluntary” return for these people without them ever having had the chance to establish themselves in Germany? That would mean that all the ordeals, torments and anguish were in vain. Many people endure and survive prison, crossing the Mediterranean, the camps at the outer borders of Europe, the cold and hunger only because of their hope for a better life. Once in Germany, this hope is often completely shattered by life in mass accommodations, police violence, racism, bans and reprisals. Those who return “voluntarily” usually do so solely because they simply cannot bear it any longer.