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Information for migrants in transit

True or false?

Has The Gambia signed a deportation agreement with Germany?

No

Media reports that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has signed an agreement with Gambian President Adama Barrow for 1,500 Gambians to be returned from Germany to The Gambia are not true. Both the German Foreign Office and the President's Office confirmed that there is no such treaty. Also, Gambian information minister Demba Jawo also clarified that The Gambia signed no agreement to accept Gambian returnees.

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Fact check: can money guarantee a safe passage?

Many people believe that if they spend a lot of money to migrate illegally to Europe, they are guaranteed a safe passage. But is this true?

True or false?

Is it true that everyone gets an extra €3,000 when returning home from Germany?

No

NO. This assistance is targeted towards rejected asylum seekers returning to specific countries of origin. For example, people from the Western Balkans, such as Albania and Kosovo, are not eligible. It is only available from December 2017 to February 2018. Families receive up to €3,000; individuals up to €1,000. This assistance is not paid in cash but given in kind.

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True or false?

Greek refugee passport = full healthcare in Germany?

No

Registered refugees in Greece can apply for a blue refugee passport that allows them to travel to other European countries including Germany for up to 90 days without a visa, but only if they have enough money for their stay and return trip. And even then, they are not entitled to full medical services or asylum in Germany.

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Jobs in Jordan refugee camp

In Zaatari, people start to earn a living. Some hope to endure, so that they can return home.

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Will the German government give you money to live?

No

In Germany, asylum seekers do receive some aid. But it is based on strict conditions and only granted when all savings and income have been spent. Furthermore, most of the aid is provided in kind, such as shelter, hygiene products or clothes.

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True or false?

Your nationality = your right to asylum?

No

Only people who have suffered or are likely to suffer persecution or serious harm are entitled to protection. Every single case will be examined closely in a detailed procedure. People who do not fulfill the requirements of the Geneva Refugee Convention or of German Asylum Law, will have to leave Germany and go back to their country of origin or country of first entry.

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True or false?

Will you be rescued after two hours in a rubber boat?

No

This is what smugglers promise, but: Rescue missions may not be where your boat is. Even if they were, your chances of being picked-up in time are extremely small – especially if smugglers leave your rubber boat drifting without a motor. The journey remains very dangerous and continues to cost thousands of lives.

True or false?

Will your life in Europe be easy?

No

You may have heard life is easy, but the reality is different: Many asylum seekers have to live in mass accommodation while awaiting their decision. A significant share of applications gets rejected and those migrants then have to leave Germany. Even if granted protection, life is expensive and it is hard to find a job. So why do many of the stories you hear sound so good?

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True or false?

Will you be returned by force if your asylum application has been rejected?

Yes

You will be returned by force if your asylum application is rejected and you do not return home voluntarily. In that case, you would also be banned from travelling to the Schengen area for a long period of time. You must also pay for the cost of your forced return.

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