Statistics: Syrians make up the largest group of foreign doctors in Germany

“The medical profession in Germany is becoming more colourful”: There are currently more than 57,000 foreign doctors working in Germany. This is the result of the current statistics of the German Medical Association. This means that out of 548,302 doctors in Germany, more than 10 percent come from abroad. For the third year in a row, Syrian doctors took first place in the number of foreign doctors in Germany. In 2021, the number of Syrian doctors reached 5404. In 2020, it was 5242. 4,314 of them work in German hospitals. Doctors from Romania took second place (4,721), followed by doctors… Read More

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More and More are Becoming Germans: People from Syria lead the Way in Naturalizations

Last year, almost three times as many Syrians were naturalized in Germany as in the previous year. 19,100 of them received a German passport. According to data from the Federal Statistical Office, there were around 20 percent more naturalizations in 2021 than the year before, although in 2020 the numbers had fallen by 15 percent. In total, around 131,600 foreigners received a German passport last year. In Tübingen, 518 people naturalized last year—111 more than the year before. Furthermore, Syrians made up the largest group to naturalize with 88 persons, while in the previous year there were only 29 persons… Read More

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Corona citizen tests will cost three euros from July

There will be no more free Corona citizenship tests as of July. This was stated by Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach. From Thursday, June 30, three euros per rapid test must be paid. Only for children up to five years and risk groups there will continue to be free tests. Risk groups include women in the first three months of pregnancy, visitors to clinics and nursing homes, relatives of infected people, residents of facilities for people with disabilities, and people who cannot be vaccinated. The free tests have so far cost the state an average of one billion euros per… Read More

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Employment of refugees: a “job engine” for German companies

The employment of refugees in German companies since 2015 has had a very positive impact on the market opportunities of these companies. This is the result of the study “From ‘refugee crisis’ to job engine: An analysis of the experience of German companies in integrating refugees” by the non-profit organisation “Tent Partnership for Refugees” and the research institute DIW Econ. This study analyses for the first time the experiences of 100 medium-sized and large German companies, three quarters of which have hired refugees for the first time since 2015. According to the study, 64 per cent of the companies state… Read More

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Most refugees in 2021 came from Syria

As many refugees as in 2015 and 2016 are now no longer arriving in Germany. Nevertheless, according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, 190,816 people applied for asylum in 2021—the year before the Ukraine war—56.2 percent more than in 2020, despite the Corona pandemic. Exactly 148,233 people submitted an initial application in 2021. Most of them came from Syria (37.0 per cent), followed by Afghanistan (15.7 per cent) and Iraq (10.5 per cent). Only 1.8 per cent of initial applications in 2021 came from refugees from Iran, 1.7 per cent from people from Nigeria. Since 1990, 5.3 million… Read More

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Duty to protect people from Afghanistan

Germany has a special duty to protect not only former local Afghan forces. This also applies to all people in Afghanistan who have worked for human rights and are now exposed to particular danger under the rule of the Taliban. This is the conclusion of a recent analysis by the German Institute for Human Rights. Former local forces who worked for German ministries and organisations and their family members are particularly entitled to enter Germany for their protection. In the Institute’s view, this also applies to people whose particular vulnerability is due to the fact that they have stood up… Read More

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More than 100 million refugees worldwide

“It is a record that should never have been reached”: this is how Filippo Grandi of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva comments on the current situation. More than 100 million people are fleeing violence and war worldwide, according to new UNHCR figures. Conflicts in countries such as Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ukraine are causing numbers to rise. More than 100 million refugees represent more than one percent of the world’s population. The figure includes refugees and asylum seekers, but also the approximately 53.2 million people who have been displaced… Read More

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Disinformation about racism towards refugees

By Wolfgang Sannwald The Ukraine war is also an information war. Currently, statements about journalists and politicians in Europe are circulating in social media. They would allegedly say publicly that blue-eyed and blond war victims from Ukraine are much closer to them emotionally than, for example, those from the Arabic or Persian-speaking regions. This is linked to accusations of racism. The “Deutsche Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung” (German Centre for Integration and Migration Research) (DeZIM) investigates developments and trends regarding racism in Germany. It published survey results in its “Nationaler Diskriminierungs- und Rassismusmonitor” (National Discrimination and Racism Monitor) (NaDiRa) on… Read More

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Child bonus: 100 euros per child as of July 2022

The Federal Government has decided on a second relief package for citizens in Germany. From 1 July 2022, families will receive a one-time child bonus of 100 euros with the payment of child benefit for each child. The child bonus is intended to alleviate the increased financial burden on families. It is paid out automatically by the competent family benefits offices with the child benefit and usually does not require an application. The allowance is not counted as income in social benefits, but is in addition to the benefits. The one-off bonus is also counted towards the child allowance for… Read More

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The Federal Foreign Office warns German-Syrians against travelling to Syria

Some Syrians who have already been naturalised in Germany are considering travelling to Syria to visit their old homeland. However, the Federal Foreign Office, the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany (AA), warns against travelling to Syria on principle in the “Travel and Security Advice” on its homepage. Syrians with dual nationality (i.e. Syrian and German) are treated in Syria exclusively as Syrians according to Syrian law. This means: “Even longer-standing violations of the law in the home country (e.g. illegal departure) can be prosecuted by the Syrian authorities upon return. In this context, arrests occur time and… Read More

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