A new statistic from the German Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees reveals that in the first months of 2018 a lot of Dublin family reunification from Greece to Germany got rejected. According to articles in German newspapers, the German authorities have rejected more than two thirds of nearly 900 requests from Greece. Apparently a lot of the family reunification requests were rejected because documents proving family ties (like marriage certificates or family books) weren't translated to English or German. However, according to the law this is not a requirement to get an approval for family reunification. In 2017 the situation was quite different. At that time, Germany accepted nearly all incoming family reunification requests. A reason for the switch in practice might be the change of government in Germany. The new interior minister in Germany Horst Seehofer, is known for wanting to restrict family reunification. Because of this it is very good idea that if you want to apply for family reunification, to bring as much documentation as possible. That means for example an asylum seeker card or residence permit with the current address of your family member in Germany, all documents proving family relationships like birth or marriage certificates, and a letter of consent in which your family member in Germany agrees that they want you to be reunified with them. If you need help with this, or you have any questions regarding family reunification, write to us on Facebook or send a Whatsapp message to 00306955388283.
Picture: © Abdulazez Dukhan, Through refugee eyes