Migration is a life decision – get the facts first
True or false?
German universities are open to everyone?
Generally, universities in Germany are not open to everyone. While some schools may offer specific programmes of enrollment for migrants, a residence title is neccessary for the purpose of attending school.
Everyone is welcome to apply for a visa at an embassy. However, if a previous visa application of yours has been rejected, you have to show that the reason for this rejection is no longer applicable. This is going to be more difficult the more applications you have filed.
Both on land and at sea, countries outside of Europe have intensified their border patrols. Illegal border crossings into Europe frequently result in migrants being detained and unable to leave the country bordering on Europe. With most money gone, many migrants find themselves more vulnerable than ever before and without the option of a safe and affordable return home.
True or false?
Will people smugglers protect you on your journey?
Be aware that smugglers belong to organised criminal networks. All they really care about is earning money. Many won't care if you get hurt or die on the journey. If you plan on coming to Europe and Germany illegally, you're putting your life at risk.
Will your relatives have to pay to free you from capture?
Unfortunately, there are many places on the route towards Europe where people might take advantage of you. Kidnappings by criminals to demand ransom are common. They only let you go if your family pays for your freedom. The amount could be as high as the money you initially had available for the journey. Many migrants have experienced violence and extortion on their way. This may happen several times along your way.
Contrary to rumours and misinformation deliberately spread by human traffickers, Germany does not provide a welcome payment. By spreading such lies, human traffickers just want to attract more clients. They knowingly put people’s lives in danger.