They rejoice in it and demand its speedy… The German government approves facilities for the “unification” of refugee families

The conflicts in the Middle East, especially in Syria, prompted some families to send their children to the European Union and Germany in particular, and to risk pushing them on a perilous journey, in the hope that it would open the door for them to seek asylum in Germany and obtain family reunification.

Berlin – Asylum seekers in Germany are optimistic about the new federal government’s approach to the facilities it intends to implement in order to reunite refugees with their families, and they hope to speed up the implementation of these procedures on the ground.

The new ruling coalition, consisting of the Social Democratic Party, the Free Democratic Party and the Green Party, decided to facilitate the family reunification of refugees, including dealing with those granted temporary protection, such as those coming from Syria, on an equal footing with persons classified as refugees based on the Geneva Convention with regard to the rights of refugees. Family included. Noting that the laws in force during the previous government had suspended family unification for periods for those who had been granted temporary protection.

The ongoing conflicts in the Arab region – especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen – led to the displacement of large numbers of the population of those countries towards Europe, and Germany received the largest part of these, after former Chancellor Angela Merkel followed the policy of open door to refugees.

The number of refugees that Germany received in the latest wave of asylum is estimated at about two million, of whom the Syrians make up about 800,000, according to the German Statistical Office in May 2021.

These large numbers received by Germany, have different legal forms in asylum procedures, including, for example, the problem of “unification”, as it was and still is one of the most important problems faced by refugees, especially holders of “subsidiary protection” documents, or those who qualify as refugees. Asylum, and they hold humanitarian asylum, but there are things that prevented or delayed the reunification of their families, or that they were deprived of it.

Cautious hope

The current government has instilled hope in the hearts of the refugees. The coalition parties do not have a negative attitude towards them, reject racism, and there are promises to solve the refugee problems, and most importantly for the refugees, the ruling coalition is free of extremist racist parties.

Since taking office, the government has begun working to solve many of the problems facing refugees, and these problems are caused by administrative complexities in the German state. into reality and actions.

election promises

Bassem Al-Awad, the integration officer at the North Rhine Labor Office, says, “There is no doubt that the issue of family reunification is one of the most common problems facing the refugee here, especially the holder of subsidiary protection. All rumors about ending this problem are still among the electoral promises made by those competing parties, Or they are proposals that have not yet arrived to become new laws that solve the refugee problem.”

Al-Awad added in his speech to Al-Jazeera Net that “the expected practical translation of the electoral promises made by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to speed up and facilitate the procedures for reunification of persons granted asylum, contributes positively to the process of accelerating the integration of these people into the labor market as a result of family stability.”

Administrative complications

Mustafa al-Saleh is a Syrian refugee in the state of Baden-Wiettemberg. He arrived in Germany in September 2015, but administrative complications deprived him of his family.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera Net, Al-Saleh said, “If I had known what would happen to me later, I would not have come to Germany. As soon as my situation was stabilized by obtaining the right to humanitarian asylum for 3 years, I began the procedures for family reunification.”

He goes on to explain his condition by saying, “I have a family consisting of two young men and two girls and their mother, the youngest of whom is a young man and a girl who were at that time under the legal age (18 years) and because of the well-known bureaucracy in Germany, and some employees failed to perform their duty optimally. My young children entered the age of majority and completed 18 years, It was prevented between them and the completion of the reunification procedures, and for the past 6 years I have been drinking the cups of loneliness and being away from the warmth of the family.”

modern laws

Norman Saidi, representative of Jürgen Todhofer’s (Justice Party) party in North Rhine, believes that Germany needs modern laws on immigration and refugees, and that the first thing the current government should work on is equality between refugees.

And he explains this in his speech to Al Jazeera Net, by saying, “For example, holders of subsidiary protection have suffered and are still suffering in the residence that requires obtaining a passport from the refugee embassy, ​​or their inability to bring their families.”

He adds, “All refugees should be able to bring their families to Germany in the future. Here, no change in dealing with refugees can be confirmed through promises only, and the media must contribute positively to solving this problem.”

humanitarian cases

Conflicts in the Middle East and in Syria in particular have led to the emergence of the phenomenon of children and minors seeking refuge in the European Union and Germany in particular, and the adventure of sending children on a perilous journey undertaken by many Syrian families, due to the difficult life conditions in Syria, or in refugee camps, or neighboring countries. to Syria, in order for these children to be a lifeline for their families.

German institutions concerned with refugees pay special attention to children and minors who arrived without their families, but this did not solve the presence of a larger problem, which is the delay in reuniting these families with their children.

Regarding this, Ayman Al-Jassem, the legal representative of the child, Maan Al-Jassem, 14, says, “Ma’an arrived in Germany more than two years ago, on a arduous journey, and he suffers from an acute intestinal disease, and his family smuggled him to Germany, hoping for a cure, as well as working on family reunification. his family, as his father was subjected to shrapnel, which led to the amputation of his leg, and the family is living in difficult conditions in Syria.”

Al-Jassem adds to Al-Jazeera Net, “Maen is registered with the Department of Children and Minors, which performs secondary care for him and pays his needs, and there is special care he receives, but so far he is waiting for a hearing to obtain a residence permit, and he now has a temporary residence that requires renewal every 6 months until he obtains residence permitting him to have family reunification procedures.”

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