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Lawsuits Against Germany Not to Lead to Favored Review of Asylum Claims

© AFP 2023 / PATRIK STOLLARZPeople wait to be registered at the central registration office for refugees in Greven, western Germany, on September 22, 2015
People wait to be registered at the central registration office for refugees in Greven, western Germany, on September 22, 2015 - Sputnik International
German migration office had already taken measures to shorten the waiting period for refugees from entering Germany to the filing of the asylum applications as well as to speed up the duration of proceedings in general, according to spokeswoman.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Over 7,000 claims filed against the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees for long processing of asylum applications will not lead to favored treatment of refugees concerned, the office's spokeswoman told Sputnik on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the German migration body confirmed media reports revealing that as of June, there were 7,014 lawsuits filed against it due to slow procession of asylum claims.

"A lawsuit does not lead to a favored treatment concerning the processing of the asylum application, if the court doesn’t decide so. It is even possible, that lawsuits lead to delays, because we wait for the decision of the court," Kira Gehrmann said.

The spokeswoman added that the German migration office had already taken measures to shorten the waiting period for refugees from entering Germany to the filing of the asylum applications as well as to speed up the duration of proceedings in general.

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According to the office's experience, it is not sued for inaction in case of such lawsuits, but is rather expected to provide German courts with a date when a decision for asylum procedures in question is to be expected.

"As far as our experience goes the courts acknowledge the challenges the Federal Office is facing and wait for the decision made by us. If a positive decision is the case the lawsuit is seen as settled," she said.

Europe is struggling to find a solution to the massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa in order to reach stable and wealthy European countries such as Germany.

EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014.

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