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Migration is a life decision – get the facts first

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.

True or false?

Will the German government get you a job?

No

The German government does not provide refugees with jobs. After arriving, asylum seekers are generally not allowed to work, and even if they are entitled to protection and thus allowed to stay, finding work often takes many years.

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True or false?

German universities are open to everyone?

No

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.

True or false?

Visa rejected? Can you apply again?

Yes

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if a previous visa application of yours has been rejected, you have to show that the reason for this rejection is no longer applicable.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.

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True or false?

All children younger than 18 will be granted asylum?

No

Each case is treated and considered individually, no matter the age. In any case, age is not the crucial factor. There is no guarantee that a residence permit will be granted to children.

True or false?

Will you get by with your English in Germany?

No

German is the only language spoken in everyday life, by the public authorities and in most companies in Germany. There are very few job opportunities without a good command of German.

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True or false?

Will border patrols find you?

Yes

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?

No

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.

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True or false?

Will your relatives have to pay to free you from capture?

Yes

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.

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