What Are We to Do About Migrants Who Don't Have Passports?

Anis Amri, prime suspect for the Berlin truck attack, didn't have a passport when German authorities tried to deport him

Anis Amri, prime suspect for the Berlin truck attack, didn't have a passport when German authorities tried to deport him


It has been revealed today that the man suspected of flattening dozens of Berliners on Monday with a truck, killing twelve, was a Tunisian migrant who arrived in Germany in July 2015.

Anis Amri (pictured above), arrived in Europe via Italy in 2012, but like so many others, chose to not be content with Italy as a final destination, and was determined to instead reside in Germany. One supposes that he would have also liked a cheeseburger and fries to go along with such generous treatment on the part of Europeans.

The most striking thing about Mr. Amri’s case is the fact that German authorities, as early as January 2016, had deemed him to be a threat. As a result, calls were made for his deportation. Incidentally, one wonders why he was not deported simply because he was Tunisian, and therefore not coming from a country at war.

Yet nonetheless, Mr. Amri’s perceived terrorist threat was what catalyzed calls for his deportation. But although authorities tried to deport him back to Tunisia, they couldn’t. This is because Mr. Amri, like so many others entering Europe, did not have a passport at the time.

The German Federal Police estimated that in the Spring of 2016, around 80% of migrants entering Germany did not have passports to prove their identities. Apparently, Mr. Amri was part of this very category.

Now, what does a country do with people who arrive without documentation? How can a country prove or disprove their claims that they are Syrian, or any other nationality, for that matter?

And most importantly, if a certain migrant is deemed a threat to public safety, how can a country deport this individual if he or she does not have a passport? Where does one deport this person to?

And in the case of Anis Amri, who was known to be Tunisian, what incentive does Tunisia have to take a potential criminal back into its territory? It would seem quite predictable that Tunisia would resort to the claim that as Mr. Amri didn’t have a passport, he couldn’t re-enter Tunisia.

Now, how do we prevent such situations from arising in the first place? It would seem completely logical to me that the only way to mitigate these instances is to insist that asylum cases are processed offshore, so that illegitimate asylum applicants don’t eventually get to roam free in Europe. Remember, these are people who have no greater of a right to be in Europe than do any other people on the planet (legitimate asylum-seekers aside).

Australia has devised such a system, to great effect. And despite the wailing and howling of the left, Australia has succeeded in drastically reducing the number of illegal arrivals onto its shores.

If Europe wants to prevent further atrocities such as Monday’s attack on the Berlin Christmas market, it will have no choice but to do a thorough rethink of its strategy to deal with mass migration.

Most importantly, the continent must be prepared to fend off criticism from the sanctimonious, outrage-mongering left. For too much is at stake, as was laid bare on Monday evening in Berlin. And Europe cannot afford a repeat of such a tragedy.