Aid organizations criticize the EU asylum compromise

Numerous human rights organizations and aid organizations for refugees are very critical of the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) adopted by the European Parliament on 10 April 2024 (tuenews reported: tun24042201). On the day before the parliamentary session, 161 associations and NGOs from all over the world had appealed to parliament not to adopt the tightening of asylum law associated with the reform. The Catholic umbrella organization “Caritas Europa”, for example, particularly criticized the regulations “relating to the detention of families and children at the EU’s external borders and the discriminatory pre-sorting of those seeking protection and… Read More

Kurdish migration to Germany—facts and figures

With 25 to 30 million people, the Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic group with their own language, but without their own state. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire, their vast settlement area in the Middle East was divided up among the newly formed states of Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran. In the 19th century, an administrative reform of the Ottoman Empire created a province called “Kurdistan”, which was soon dissolved. In Germany, Kurds are not included in official statistics as they are categorised as belonging to their country of origin. Two academics who study the Kurds in Germany… Read More

European Court of Human Rights condemns Greece

For the second time, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg condemned the EU country Greece in early 2024 for human rights violations against refugees seeking protection. The event took place almost 10 years ago: on 22 September 2014, the Greek coastguard tried to stop a refugee boat near the island of Pserimos and fired 13 shots at the boat. A Syrian father was hit in the head and died after months in a coma. Proceedings against those responsible were dropped in Greece. A PROASYL lawyer filed a complaint with the ECtHR on behalf of the family and… Read More

EU agrees on new common asylum policy

On April 10, 2024, the European Parliament approved the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which has been planned for eight years. This so-called asylum compromise must now be approved by all EU countries in the Council of the EU in May, which is considered certain. The agreed legislation will then come into force. However, they will take two years for the EU countries to implement and will therefore only be applied from the second half of 2026. The Federal Government must present an implementation plan by the end of this year. To this end, various legislative amendments… Read More

Apply for a residence permit online at the district office

Residence permits can now also be applied for or extended online at the Tübingen District Office. Other residence permits can now also be applied for or extended using the online service of the Tübingen District Office, according to the authority‘s press office. This applies to all people who come from outside the EU and want to live in Germany. The district office is responsible for all foreigners living in Ammerbuch, Bodelshausen, Dettenhausen, Dußlingen, Gomaringen, Hirrlingen, Kirchentellinsfurt, Kusterdingen, Mössingen, Nehren, Neustetten, Oferdingen or Starzach. The service is available in German, English, Turkish, Serbian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian and French. Further support is… Read More

Relocation during the naturalisation process

If you change your place of residence and move after you have applied for naturalisation and thus German citizenship, please note the following: You should immediately contact the naturalisation authority in your old place of residence and provide your new address. Responsibility for the procedure is then transferred to the naturalisation authority of the new place of residence and the files are sent there. This does not result in any disadvantages. This was announced by the Tübingen District Office at the request of tuenews INTERNATIONAL. tun24032006 Umzugskartons. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian. 001761        

Syrian refugees in Germany: statistics and developments

Since the beginning of the war in Syria in March 2011, millions of Syrians have fled their country, of which around 7 million are internally displaced within Syria and a further 5 million have found refuge in other countries, particularly Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria in 2023 further worsened their living conditions. Between 2011 and 2023, around 759,000 Syrians came to Germany, mainly as refugees. The majority of Syrian refugees in Germany are male, while the proportion of women is around 41%. The average age is around 25 years, with 37 percent… Read More

Payment card: data is only estimated

It already exists in the Ortenau district in Baden. It is also due to be introduced in the Zollernalb district at the beginning of April: the payment card. Depending on the specific version, asylum seekers and tolerated persons will no longer receive cash from the authorities. However, this does not apply to refugees from Ukraine, as they receive citizen’s benefits. With the new regulation, the federal and state governments want to make it no longer possible to transfer money to the home countries and possibly use it to pay smugglers. Those who fall under the Asylum Seekers’ Benefits Act will… Read More

Significant rise in first-time asylum applications

Germany was once again the main destination for refugees in the European Union in 2023. 329,120 people made an initial application for asylum here. This is an increase of 51.1 percent compared to 2022 with 217,774 first-time applications. These figures were published by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in its annual statistics. In addition to the initial applications, there were 22,795 subsequent applications. People from Syria made the most initial applications for protection in Germany with 102,930. This is followed by Turkey with 61,181, Afghanistan with 51,275, Iraq with 11,152 and Iran with 9,384 first-time applications. Applications… Read More

Law on faster deportation passed

Rejected asylum seekers are to be deported from Germany more quickly in future. After the Bundestag, the Bundesrat also approved the “Act to Improve Repatriation” at the beginning of February. This law is controversial. Various groups from human rights organizations to sea rescue are protesting against it—as well as demonstrators in Tübingen. Among other things, the law provides for criminals to be deported more quickly. As a rule, deportations will no longer be announced. Authorities have more opportunities to search—for example, for documents to determine the country of origin. Police officers are also allowed to search rooms other than the… Read More

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