The `Wir schaffen es` fiasco

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It was just the case of a German officer, who pretended to be a refugee, that revealed the complete chaos of asylum granting process in Germany, the `Wir schaffen es` fiasco.

Arrested at the end of April, a German officer quartering in France was most probably planning to conduct terrorist attacks, while pretending to be a refugee. At the end of 2015 he registered as a Syrian refugee. He claimed to be a fruit monger from Damascus. Obviously, he had no documents. He had no idea of Arabic language so he communicated in French. However, this was of no interest to the office clerks and Franco Albrecht was granted asylum, together with a place in a shelter and a monthly sum of 409 EUR, which he of course regularly collected.

Clerks, who handled his case and the interpreter, who was helping him communicate, got suspended. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has announced that over two thousand asylum decisions are to be reviewed, and a thousand Syrians and a thousand Afghans will be checked.

Thanks to a scandal in Germany it was revealed, what was really happening during the process of granting asylum for half a million people, who came to this country since autumn 2015. Complete chaos and incompetence is a mild way to put it. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), flooded with hundreds of thousands of asylum applications, in just a few months increased the number of emloyees from 3,000 to 7,300. Accountants, soldiers, geographers were hired. New emploeeys were given only a two week training, instead of a usual one that takes fourteen weeks.

Even though so many people were hired during 2016, almost half a million asylum applications is still pending and some asylum seekers will have to wait for the decision for over a year. That seems a bit strange — with 1,5 million of asylum seekers and 7 000 clerks it would suffice to issue one decision daily to issue all of them wihin a year. One decision daily per one clerk!

Everything was in such a chaos that asylum seekers summoned for an interview for a specific time would often have to wait all day to be told to come on a different date. It also did not help, that the interpreters helping with the interviews were hired on a massive scale, offered low wages and often lacked professional education and, as it turned out, often did not really know the language they were supposed to interpret from. 

To top that all off, decisions were often issued not by the interviewers, but by completely different clerks, basing on the interview protocol. `Personal impression is a key to granting a correct asylum decision – says the Pro Asyl association, which helps asylum seekers – because it is about credibility of people who often have no documents`. It does not mean however, that decisions issued by the interviewers were any better. `People granting asylum decisions often do not know the basics of asylum law` – says Hubert Heinhold, a lawyer specializing in asylum cases.

The effects of that chaos are to be seen in the decisions. In 2014 42% of applicants were granted the right to stay in Germany, but in 2016 this number has already risen to 69%. Additionally, someone claiming to be from Syria had 99,3% chance to be granted asylum in 2016- including our lieutenant Franco.

The already announced check of two thousand refugees will surely expose other cases of granting asylum to people on absolutely no grounds. Will it cause a veryfication of all asylum decisions? Highly doubtfull, as nobody will be willing to take on the ginourmous task of reviewing that million positive asylum decisions, which were issued in Germany since the beginning of 2015.

Among those, who were granted asylum or other forms of right to stay in the country we might not find any other Bundeswehr officers. But if we look carefully, we will definiately find soldiers and officers of two completely different armies – ISIS and Al Kaida. How many of them are being financed by generous German taxpayers? We will find out only in the upcoming years, when they blow something up, or hopefully, will get arrested for planning a terrorist attack before it comes to that.


Grzegorz Lindenberg


The Polish original Niemcy nie całkiem dali radę

Sources: , Eurostat

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