Beware: Human traffickers are not reliable source of information about living conditions in Europe. They are criminals. Human traffickers deliberately spread rumours and false information in order to encourage people to risk the dangerous journey to Europe.
All those who place their fate in the hands of human traffickers are risking their lives – there are tragic examples of this every day.
Refugees do not have the right to choose a particular country of residence. Under European law, people who arrive in the EU without an entry visa must register in the country where they first arrived and apply for asylum there. If you do not do so and, for example, apply for asylum directly in Germany, you will be sent back to the country where you entered the EU.
Rejected asylum seekers will be deported, must pay for the deportation and will be banned from re‑entering the whole Schengen area for several years.
Enlarge image European refugee crisis 2016 - long queues of refugees (© picture alliance / dpa, © dpa)
Most refugees do not know this. Therefore Germany is informing people through its campaign #RumoursAboutGermany
·about Germany’s efforts to combat the causes of migration and flight in the countries of origin and transit countries and to create opportunities which will encourage them to stay there. People affected on the ground should have better prospects for the future.
· about false information and rumours, to prevent people from risking their lives by deciding to flee to Germany on the basis of false information.
·about the objective and latest legal and factual situation in Germany and Europe.
Don’t trust people smugglers. Don’t risk your life. Get the facts.
Enlarge image Hundreds of refugees are waiting in the old Athens airport building (© picture alliance / dpa, © dpa)
New German asylum laws: On February 25, the German Parliament voted to tighten German laws on asylum.
The new rules are designed to speed up the processing of asylum claims, to better distribute the refugees within Germany and to make expulsions and deportations easier.
Family reunion is not possible within the first two years in Germany for people who were only granted subsidiary protection in Germany.