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

True or false?

If you want to go home, will Germany send you somewhere else?

No

If you agree to leave Germany voluntarily, you can either go to your home country or to a third country if that country is willing to receive you. The rumour that Germany sends you to a third country as a transit station before you are able to go home is not true.

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if a previous visa application of yours has been rejected, you have to show that the reason for this rejection is no longer applicable.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

True or false?

Will you get a welcome payment?

No

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.

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