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German Government Urged to Accelerate Processing of Visas for Afghans

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

The calls come after police officers highlighted how labor agents and alleged smugglers are using people interested in being granted international protection in Germany as well as migrants, who are desperate to enter the western European country, TheSchengen.com reports.

A recent report by the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) showed that thousands of refugees who have obtained international protection in the Greek Republic have been found to continue their journey in order to reach Germany in any country they are trying to submit their applications to Germany. The second application of international protection, although this practice is prohibited by EU law, and therefore is often used by smugglers.

Refugees, as well as people with subsidiary protection in European Union countries, are allowed to travel within the premises for a period of three months; However, many of them are reported to have left the Greek Republic with the intention of not returning to this region anymore.

Authorities in Germany registered about 9,600 illegal arrivals through airports in 2021. 80 percent of them were Afghan nationals who had tried to reach Germany from Greece.

The ECRE report showed that a total of 40,000 people granted international protection in Greece continued to travel to Greece, based on data provided by authorities in Germany.

“Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 people cross into Iran daily – up to four times the number in January 2021. A total of 11,021 people have entered Afghanistan via admission procedures since August 16 last year,” the statement released by the network of more than 105 European NGOs read.

In this regard, the organization, together with Pro Asyl Kabul Luftbrücke (Airbridge) and the Afghanistan Care Network, has presented a joint plan entitled “Don’t forget Afghanistan, act now”, urging the authorities in Germany to speed up the admission process as well as the reception of Afghan citizens.

These organizations are urging swift action to issue visas at airports in Germany to Afghans who have already obtained entry permits, 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 was an increase in the number of applications for international protection in Germany in 2021, compared to 2019 figures, before the spread of the Corona virus.

The same source showed that in 2021, a total of 19816 asylum applications were lodged in Germany, or 15 percent more (24,878 additional applications), compared to 2019 figures.

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