Germany Halts Afghan Refugee Admissions Amid Abuse Claims

Germany’s typically open border government has announced a temporary suspension of entry for asylum seekers from Afghanistan, following claims that some migrants may be abusing the system. .

Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the country would temporarily suspend asylum applications for Afghan nationals after sources inside Berlin indicated that they may have tried to exploit some systems.

Both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior are said to have investigated activities at the German embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, where abuse may have taken place, but the German government does not know what kind of abuse occurred. I haven’t yet determined if it could have done so.information immigration report.

Since suspending applications, the Embassy has added a new security questionnaire to the application process before it resumes accepting new applications.

Since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in the summer of 2021, Germany has issued over 28,600 visas to Afghan citizens, allowing about 30,000 Afghans to enter Germany, surpassing the promised 44,000. not a number. At least 4,100 are said to be Afghans who served in the German army or were locally hired staff for various aid groups.

The German government remains tight-lipped about possible abuses in the asylum process, but a similar incident involving the Swedish embassy in Islamabad was reported in 2020.

An unnamed man has reportedly approved at least 120 erroneous visas for Afghan citizens to work in Sweden, after authorities suspected he might be involved in a smuggling network in 2019. Man’s activities were investigated.

Prosecutors convicted the former embassy employee the following year after various companies, including telecommunications giant Ericsson, testified that many of the job offers used to obtain visas were forged. I went down. Prosecutors tried to jail the man, but a court sentenced him to six months’ probation in the case.

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