Germany suspends humanitarian refugee intake

germany suspends humanitarian refugee intake

Germany suspends humanitarian admission of refugees from abroad in the coronavirus crisis, according to a media report. This was said by a spokesman for the federal ministry of the interior to the newspapers of the funke mediengruppe.

The ministry had instructed the federal office for migration and refugees (bamf) on tuesday "in view of the measures to contain the covid 19 pandemic" to suspend the resettlement procedure with turkey and the federal resettlement procedures for people in humanitarian emergencies "until further notice".

In fact, the "german humanitarian admission procedures have already come to a standstill since last friday due to various travel restrictions and operational restrictions, also on the part of important partners," said the ministry spokesman. The international organization for migration (IOM) and the united nations refugee agency (UNHCR) also officially suspended their reception programs for refugees on tuesday.

Since 2012, germany has been taking in refugees in emergency situations, including many syrians from turkey and lebanon, as part of the so-called "resettlement" programs. The programs are intended to secure a permanent stay in germany for those seeking protection from crisis regions. Every year, the federal government wants to help around 5,000 people find refuge in germany.

However, asylum seekers have not yet been turned away at the EU’s borders. The spokesman for the federal ministry of the interior, steve alter, said that currently the application for asylum is considered an exceptional circumstance in the sense of the regulations passed on wednesday. According to dpa, however, it remains to be seen whether this will be the case in the long term. Because of the spread of the corona virus, for example, the work of the federal office for migration and refugees (bamf), which is responsible for asylum seekers in germany, is now only possible to a very limited extent.

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