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

Jobs in Jordan refugee camp

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

True or false?

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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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?

Will Germany help you to return to your country of origin?

Yes

Yes. If you want to go back home, Germany will help you. There are various programs supported by the government to help you go back to your own country and to build up your life again there.

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