GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: DEPORTATION TO SYRIA DANGEROUS, AS THE COUNTRY REMAINS VERY UNSAFE

As the Assad regime has regained control of big parts of Syria, politicians are starting to think about the possibility of gradually returning Syrian nationals. For example, some days ago a German politician stated that deportation cases to Syria should be looked into at least for persons who present a potential threat. Despite this view point an internal report by the German foreign ministry highlights how Syria is still considered unsafe; this report is confidential but was leaked to a German newspaper. It describes the multiple risks potential deportees to Syria would face.

Young men will on return be called for their military service and will often be placed on the frontline. The report also mentions that it has been said that several returnees were questioned and detained by the security services, while others even permanently disappeared. Police and security agencies are systematically using torture, especially on people that are known as part of the opposition. The report also stresses that medical treatment is often insufficient and the economy of the country has collapsed, so it is very difficult to maintain a proper living situation.

Source (in German).