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Deportation means the forced return of a person to their country of origin or to a third country. After a person’s asylum application is rejected or their visa or residence permit has expired, people usually are granted a period in which to leave the country “voluntarily”. After this period, the state can forcibly return them through deportation. The immigration authorities of the federal states are responsible for deportations. These usually happen by plane and are often accompanied by police. People who have been deported are not allowed to re-enter the country. If a person is unable to travel, for example because of health issues, an individual deportation ban can be declared. Furthermore, if a country is considered too dangerous for example because of war or violence, there can be a ban on deportation for the whole country. While in this case people cannot be deported to that country, there can be deported to third countries that considered to be safe.