Germany, and Europe’s failure to control their own borders during the migrant crisis, has forced statisticians to admit they don’t know how many undocumented illegals there are in the country.
Down to the very nature of these so-called invisible illegals, who have never been spotted at a border crossing, nor interacted with police, or taken any government services, estimating their exact number is very difficult. Yet their disproportionate involvement in crime and the German underworld makes them an important area of study, and now a team from the University of Bremen has come up with a new figure.
Academic Dita Vogel led the “Clandestine Project” which came to a broad figure of between 180,000 and 520,000. This is a significant range which reflects the difficulty the German state has in establishing for certain the number of undocumented illegals that are within their borders. Yet without having legal, tax-paying jobs or receiving state benefits they are still able to survive day to day.
Germany newspaper Welt reports the figure, and the fact the majority of this up-to half a million estimated figure are forced prostitutes — sex slaves — and criminals.
The figures are based on police crime statistics — as a proportion of those arrested for crimes who are part of the between one and a half to two million known migrants who arrived in 2015, and those who have no documentation at all.
The academic figures confirm government estimates leaked earlier this year which put the number at around half a million underground migrants who had managed to evade being intercepted at the border, and the attention of the police thereafter.
The figures were deeply embarrassing for the German government which moved to smear the report, with interior minister Thomas de Maizière calling it “absurd”.
The leak came only months after the German government admitted they had “no overall view of the number” of migrants that were actually in the country at that time.
According to fresh reports, the half million invisible illegals are to be joined in the coming months by another half million — but this time on the books, and welcomed by the German state.
Thanks to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, all migrants accepted by Germany have a so-called right to a family life, meaning once they have been given permanent residence the German government is obliged to welcome all other family members who have yet to make the journey to Europe.
Kronen Zeitung reports Germany is now expecting a significant influx of Syrian parents, siblings, and children.
With 428,000 Syrians arrived last year, the number expected to come in the second wave on family reunification permits is actually very conservative, given a previous prediction that this process could double or treble the number of migrants.