Last year around 20,000 illegal migrants were rejected at Germany’s borders.
Between January and August 2016, the German government declined entry to 307 migrants who “posed a threat to public order, internal security, public health or the international relations of one or more member states of the European Union”.
Border guards rejected entry to a further 244 migrants who had attempted to gain access to Germany – despite the fact they had already been banned from the country.
Perpetrators of serious criminal offences within the EU’s Schengen zone are registered with the Schengen Information System.
The criteria for a ban from Germany is unclear – violent and drug crimes can warrant a ban, but according to the country’s government, “further requisites” of a concrete threat to Germany also have to exist.
The figures give an alarming insight into the effects of Angela Merkel's border policies.
Germany denied entry to 307 migrants deemed threats to "internal security" last year.
Data released by Germany’s government also reveals that a mere 40 per cent of asylum seekers in 2016 managed to present valid identity documents at the border, while thousands attempted to gain access to the EU powerhouse using fake papers.
An examination of 392,000 identity documents carried out by BAMF found 99,000 to be potentially inauthentic – and six per cent of the documents were counterfeits.
Counterfeits are often used by asylum seekers to hide their country of origin, cover up criminal convictions and avoid deportation.
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The migrant crisis that has gripped Europe for the past two years however has knocked Germany into improving its identification process for asylum seekers.
All applicants are now fingerprinted and photographed on arrival to Germany, and their details are kept in a central database available to German authorities.