WATCH: Is Medical Fraud Protecting Migrants from Deportation in Germany?

Medical fraud in Germany may be preventing the government from sending immigrants back to their home countries.

Some have observed that the only way so many immigrants could be getting documentation that they are too unhealthy to travel is medical fraud. The documentation stops the government from deporting them.

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The German Interior Minister Thomas De Maizière is causing controversy among medical professionals. The Interior Minister has claimed that the reason the German government is having such a huge struggle deporting illegal migrants and failed asylum seekers is because doctors won’t clear the migrants for travel.

The comments have led to outrage among doctors who claim Mr. De Maizière is indirectly claiming the doctors are purposely creating certificates to prevent the deportations reports Suddeutsche Zeitung.

It has recently been reported that over 500,000 migrants in Germany have failed in their asylum claims, yet very few are optimistic about them leaving the country. There have been many reasons suggested for why the migrants, who are now considered illegal migrants, have been deported in small numbers.

One reason cited has been the extensive costs associated with deportations, with the average cost per migrant in some states being up to 50,000 euros.  Head of the German police union, Rainer Wendt has blamed pro-migrant groups like NGO pro-asyl and their team of lawyers who work hard to help migrants avoid deportation, regardless of their asylum status.

The government has added the problem with doctor notes to the list claiming that the same doctors keep popping up and writing certificates for migrants claiming that they are unable to travel due to medical issues. The Interior Ministry has claimed that the doctors make a “presumptive diagnosis” and do not follow proper medical procedure when writing the medical notes for the migrants.

The German government can blame the doctors, but if the doctors are committing medical fraud, they’re using a framework the government imposed. Why did the government put matters of national security into the hands of doctors with no accountability?

If the government actually cared about deporting immigrants, they would do it. They wouldn’t allow medical fraud by private, unaccountable doctors.

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