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

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?

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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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?

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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