German minister jokes about birthday deportations

German minister jokes about birthday deportations

Germany, Horst Seehofer
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer

Germany’s top security official has made light of the fact that his country deported 69 asylum-seekers to Afghanistan – on his 69th birthday.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer remarked on the number on Tuesday, but said of the deportation flight: “it wasn’t booked by me.”

The rejected asylum-seekers on the plane were the largest number Germany has returned to Afghanistan on one flight.

The country has vowed to step up deportations as part of a crackdown against people entering or remaining in the country illegally.

Mr Seehofer’s comment came as he presented a new plan that would see Germany’s 16 states get federal assistance for deportations.