Last Update 12:32
Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Many migrants falsely claim to be Syrians: Germany

AFP , Friday 25 Sep 2015
Refugees
Migrants wait for their registration in front of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees at Berlin's Spandau district, Germany, September 10, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1017
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1017

Germany estimates that 30 percent of incoming migrants claiming to be citizens of war-torn Syria are in fact from other countries, an interior ministry spokesman said Friday.

"It's an estimate based on the observations of officials on the ground, especially the federal police, the Office for Migration and Refugees and (EU border protection agency) Frontex," he said.

The spokesman stressed that Germany keeps no official statistics on asylum-seekers believed to be misstating their nationality.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere later said that "we're seeing fake Syrian passports, and there are signs of people claiming to be from Syria who don't speak a word of Arabic."

Germany is Europe's top destination for people fleeing war and misery amid Europe's greatest migrant influx since World War II and expects between 800,000 and one million newcomers this year.

Numbers have surged since Germany declared it would admit Syrians, even if they technically should have applied for refugee status in the first EU country they set foot in on their way to Germany.

A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU, the head of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, said earlier this month.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.