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

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 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?

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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The steps to getting a job in Germany

What are my chances? How do I find a suitable job? Do I need a visa? Find out here.

True or false?

Is it true that people who are recognised as refugees in Greece are allowed to work in Germany?

No

The rule is that citizens of non-EU countries are not allowed simply to enter the Federal Republic of Germany and work there. They must apply for a work visa before they enter the country. This also applies for holders of a travel document for refugees issued by another EU state, for example Greece.

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True or false?

Are the children of refugees allowed to stay in Germany if they are born in the country?

No

Even if a child is born in Germany, it will not automatically obtain a residence permit.

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Asylum and travel restrictions in Germany: What you need to know

German authorities report an increasing number of migrants traveling abroad without knowing that they might not be allowed to do so. We've compiled a list of what rules and restrictions apply to various groups of migrants.

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