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Check the facts – here’s what migrants need to know

COVID-19: important information

Germany has temporarily introduced checks at some of its borders. It is still possible to submit applications for asylum at the German border via the Federal Police. Some states have already imposed entry bans or special checks for certain groups of persons or flights arriving from specific regions. This partly also affects travellers departing Germany who are voluntarily leaving the country under the REAG/GARP programme. For more information, visit www.returningfromgermany.de.

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My country has an agreement which allows me to enter the Schengen area without a visa. Can I stay as long as I want?

No

As part of the Schengen area, Germany allows citizens of some countries to enter its territory without a visa. Even if your country is on this list, this doesn’t mean that you are allowed to stay for an unlimited period. Find out whether you need a visa to enter the Schengen area and which rules you need to keep in mind before you come.

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No, migrants in Libyan detention centers are not more likely to be resettled in Europe

In Libya, traffickers allegedly make migrants pay for a place in a closed detention center. They claim this is a fast-track method for the migrants to be evacuated and resettled in Europe. This information is false, but several hundred people have already fallen victim to the scam.

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Will Germany grant asylum to 25 percent of all refugees coming to Europe via Italy?

No

Germany and a number of EU member states have agreed on a temporary emergency mechanism for rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. However, this does not foresee fixed quotas for refugees that Germany would take from Italy.

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