Holidays on welfare


© Kai Pfaffenbach

Asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq and other war-torn states who are registered as refugees and receive social benefits in Germany do not hesitate to opt for a “vacation” in their war-ravaged countries, a German media report has discovered.

“In the case, when the journey is being conducted for leisure purposes, this may be an indication that the refugee fears no persecution,” BAMF added as quoted by the German outlet. That would in return lead to stripping of asylum status.

Armin Schuster, who is a German MP in the parliamentary committee for the interior said, “if true, that leaves one speechless.”