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German Agency to Check 8,500 More Asylum Decisions Amid Bribe Scandal - Reports

© 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
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) will additionally examine 8,500 positive asylum decisions issued in its 10 regional offices amid the corruption scandal, the Die Welt newspaper reported on Sunday citing the Interior Ministry.

On Friday, Germany's BAMF said it would check 18,000 decisions on granting asylum since 2000 by its office in Bremen. On Sunday Die Welt reported that in addition to that, some 8,500 extra cases would be checked by the authorities.

According to the media outlet, all of these cases, which will go through the additional examination, were issued in 2017.

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The corruption scandal around BAMF erupted in April, after it was revealed that a former official of BAMF's Bremen regional office and his four colleagues took bribes in exchange for granting around 1,200 refugees with asylum although they did not fulfill the criteria.

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On Thursday, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced that he tasked the Supreme Audit Institution to probe the BAMF and the Interior Ministry amid the corruption scandal.

Germany has become a major destination for thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East amid instability caused by the civil war in Syria and the activity of the Daesh terrorist group in the region.

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According to BAMF, between 2014 and 2016 Germany received over one million asylum applications, more than any other country in the European Union. As a result of the influx, the German authorities have tightened migration controls.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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