German government urged to speed up visa processing for Afghans

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Right-wing groups in Germany have urged the country’s government to speed up the admission and reception of Afghan citizens.

Such calls come after police shed light on how so-called labor agents and smugglers are using people interested in granting international protection in Germany as well as migrants, who are desperate to enter the Western European country. , reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

A recent report by the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) shows that thousands of refugees who have been granted international protection in the Hellenic Republic have been found to continue their journey to reach Germany, the country in which they are trying to submit a second application for international protection, although this practice is prohibited by European Union law and is therefore often used by smugglers.

Refugees, as well as people with subsidiary protection in European Union countries, are allowed to travel within the bloc for three months; however, many of them are said to have left the Hellenic Republic with the intention of never returning to that territory.

German authorities recorded around 9,600 illegal arrivals through airports in 2021. Of these, a total of 80% were Afghan citizens who attempted to reach Germany from Greece.

A total of 40,000 people who were granted international protection in Greece have continued to travel to Greece, based on data provided by German authorities, the ECRE report says.

“Around 4,000 to 5,000 people travel to Iran every day – up to four times the number in January 2021. A total of 11,021 people from Afghanistan have entered Germany via the admission procedure since 16 August of last year”, reads the statement issued by the network of more than 105 European non-governmental organisations.

In this regard, the organization, together with Pro Asyl Kabul Luftbrücke (Airbridge) and the Afghanistan Sponsorship Network, presented a joint plan entitled “Remember Afghanistan, Act Now”, urging the German authorities to speed up the admission and reception of Afghan citizens.

These organizations are calling for swift action to issue visas at German airports to Afghans who have already obtained entry clearance, calling on the government to negotiate direct evacuation flights from Afghanistan.

Last month, data provided by the Federal Office for Migration in Germany showed that there had been an increase in the number of applications for international protection lodged in Germany in 2021, compared to figures for 2019, before the spread of the virus. coronavirus.

The same source showed that in 2021 a total of 190,816 asylum applications were lodged in Germany, which is 15% more (24,878 more applications), compared to the figures for 2019.

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