MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Tackling illegal migration through deportation can help lower the number of homeless people in Germany, which, as recent data shows, has grown significantly, Andreas Bleck, a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) parliamentary group, told Sputnik.
"Most migrants don't get asylum. … The only problem is that the German government doesn't want to deport illegal residents. … Principally, the [Alternative for Germany] wants to deport illegal residents," Bleck said when asked what caused the current increase in the number of homeless people.
While the BAG began including people recognized as refugees in their estimates in 2016, the agency's managing director, Thomas Specht, emphasized that immigration was not the only cause of homelessness, although it did contribute to it, and pointed to the inadequate housing policy as a reason.
In the last few years, Germany as well as a number of other European countries have seen a sharp increase in refugees, fleeing poverty or conflict in their home countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has chosen to open the border to refugees, however, this policy has been questioned by some German political movements and is one of the contentious issues being discussed at the ongoing coalition talks that Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc is holding with the Free Democrats and the Greens.