The respondent, a Syrian national, was travelling in Germany by train on the 7th December 2022 when he was approached by what he called “German police officers” wearing uniforms with German flags on them, prior to departing from the train station in Freilassing. The respondent was subsequently apprehended and pushed back from Germany to Austria on the 8th December 2022, although he had also been pushed back the day before. The respondent reported that the officers took him to a police station that he had been to previously, where they took his fingerprints and told him
“you were here yesterday, why did you come back? You are banned from returning to Germany for 2 years.”
The respondent subsequently explained that the officers in the police station interrogated him, but only for a short time compared to his experience the day before. They reportedly told him
“if you come back again you will go to prison or you will get a fine”.
The respondent explained that he was kept at the police station until the following day, before he was returned to Austria. He reported that he was dropped in the street in Salzburg shortly after the border bridge. On the 9th December, the respondent went to a police station in Vienna and asked for asylum.