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

True or false?

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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True or false?

Is it possible to apply again for asylum in another EU country?

No

Even though refugees sometimes hope to improve their situation by moving from one EU country to the other, they do not have the right to apply for asylum again in another EU country.

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True or false?

Husband or wife in Germany = right to join them?

No

Anyone wanting to join their spouse in Germany must first meet certain requirements.

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True or false?

Is it possible to buy a place on a resettlement programme?

No

Only people who have been recognised as refugees by the UNHCR in their country of first asylum and have been identified to be in particular need of protection have any prospect of resettlement.

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True or false?

Is it possible to buy a visa for the Federal Republic of Germany?

No

No. Visas cannot be sold or given to someone else. A visa for entering Germany is personalised and issued only to a specific individual. Only embassies and consulates general of the Federal Republic of Germany can issue visas.

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True or false?

Do all refugees in Germany have the right to be reunited with their family members?

No

No. While the desire to be with your own family is understandable, this is not possible in every case. Whether refugees and migrants in Germany are entitled to be reunited with their family members in Germany is dependent on many different factors.

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