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More than 5,000 asylum applications from Albania decided on

Date 7 August 2015

The Federation and the Länder have agreed to return asylum-seekers directly from the initial reception centres to their countries of origin once the BAMF has made a negative decision where they come from countries with large numbers of arrivals and very poor prospects to remain. The BAMF prioritises proceedings of applicants from the Balkans in order to decide on the cases within a few weeks, thus also sending out an unmistakeable signal to the countries of origin. Many people come, tempted by false promises made by people smugglers that they will be quickly placed in work, and are then left with no prospects at all once their asylum application in Germany has been turned down.

The BAMF processed roughly 15,000 applications from Kosovo within two months in a comparable campaign that was operated in the spring. The number of asylum-seekers then fell from 1,500 per day to just over 50.

“Something is wrong with the system in a situation in which out of 180,000 arrivals in the first half of 2015, 82,000 come from the Balkans alone, and their protection rate can be estimated at 0.1 to 0.2 percent”, according to Dr. Manfred Schmidt, President of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Asylum or refugee protection was not granted in any of the applications on which the BAMF has now ruled. The protection rate, that is the total of all positive decisions, was 0.1 percent.

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