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

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

No

Within the context of the resettlement programme, Germany and other EU countries permanently take in refugees particularly in need of protection directly from their country of residence.

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

No

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

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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 to Germany is dependent on many different factors.

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„I want to make a fresh start“ – the story of Julius Eche from Nigeria

Julius Eche left Nigeria in search for a better life in Germany. But his expectations were far from reality.

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Is there a lottery for immigration to Germany?

No

A lottery ticket for immigration to Germany just a click away – sounds too good to be true? It is. There is no such thing as a lottery for coming to Germany. Be careful of fake websites and rumours on social media.

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Fact check: can money guarantee a safe passage?

Many people believe that if they spend a lot of money to migrate illegally to Europe, they are guaranteed a safe passage. But is this true?

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