Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced a tough response to refugees who are trying to go to Syria on holidays.
Seehofer said, “If somebody is trying to take a lot of vacations to Syria he or she will be ripped off of their status of being a refugee and will be deported back to Syria”.
“As soon as the officials know of such trips they are going to launch a probe into the migrants’ refugee status”, Seehofer added.
He did not say how many people will get affected by this policy. The German officials are currently unable to deport people to Syria as the country is considered unsafe. The ban will expire at the end of 2019, although it might prolong.
Seehofer said that German authorities are closely monitoring the situation of Syria. “When the situation will allow, the people will be deported back to Syria.”
Some 780,000 Syrian have migrated to Germany in recent years, fleeing the civil war that started in 2011. The war was led by President Bashar Assad, which now controls most of Syria. The war and the airstrikes continue. Hundreds and thousands of people have lost their lives to this conflict.