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Am I Not Multicultural Enough? Germany May Deport Ukrainian Refugees

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Thousands of Ukrainian asylum seekers are facing deportation from Germany in the near future, according to the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.

German authorities may deport thousands of Ukrainian asylum seekers in the immediate future if Berlin recognizes Ukraine as a "safe country of origin", the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau reported.

The newspaper recalled that earlier, more than 7,000 Ukrainians had applied for asylum in Germany due to the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"In recent weeks, many of them received notifications of refusal. They entered Germany using Schengen visas, which, in turn, are subject to the Dublin agreement. Their applications should be considered by those EU countries which issued the visas," the newspaper said.

According to Frankfurter Rundschau, a positive decision on asylum was made with respect to only 5.3 percent of the requests, with every refusal accompanied by a requirement to leave the country.

A man holds up a sign reading No violence against women as he takes part in a demonstration in front of the cathedral in Cologne, western Germany, on January 9, 2015 where sexual assaults in a crowd of migrants took place on New Year's Eve
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A man holds up a sign reading "No violence against women" as he takes part in a demonstration in front of the cathedral in Cologne, western Germany, on January 9, 2015 where sexual assaults in a crowd of migrants took place on New Year's Eve

The newspaper also recalled that politicians from Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Party (CDU) demanded last week that Berlin should recognize Ukraine as a "safe country of origin".

"Already now, Ukrainian asylum seekers are very seldom being recognized as refugees on German territory," Frankfurter Rundschau said.

German laws currently allow for migrants to be sent back to their countries of origin if they have been convicted of a crime that carries a prison sentence of three or more years, and only when the situation in their country of origin is deemed safe for them to go back.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said last week that the government wanted to ease deportation barriers in cases where asylum seekers are jailed for violent crimes like bodily harm, homicide, rape, and sexual assault. The German government came under pressure over its open-door policy toward refugees after a series of sex attacks on women by mostly Middle Eastern asylum seekers hit German cities on New Year’s Eve.

According to the German news network Deutsche Welle, in 2014, the number of asylum applications filed by Ukrainians stood at 2,703; in 2015, the figure increased to about 4,440. However, this number is relatively minuscule: according to International Business Times, a total of 1.1 million people were registered as asylum-seekers in Germany in 2015, most of them from war-torn countries such as Syria, Libya and Iraq.

While German officials often claim that the Ukrainian conflict is limited to a small portion of the country and that refugees can seek asylum elsewhere within Ukraine, a different set of standards is applied to Syria, despite the fact that over 6.5 million displaced Syrians are living in refugee facilities in areas controlled by the government of Bashar Assad, according to the website of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Many young Syrian men have travelled abroad simply to avoid being drafted into the army; this is part of the reason Europeans have often characterized the refugees as being primarily young adult men.

According to The Guardian, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have successfully sought refuge in Russia since the Donbass conflict erupted following the overthrow of former president Viktor Yanukovych in February, 2014.

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  • pin8
    Once you start cooking abroad, sooner or later you gotta swallow your own!
  • Marques rouges
    So the EU pretends Ukraine is invaded by Russia, but it's a safe country, no war there, so no refugees ?

    And after the coup in Kiev, Ukraine turned to the EU, but Ukrainians have no right to live there ?

    Sure seems like a win-win situation for Ukraine !

    Ukrainians should read the "Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan". Merkel won the Coudenhove-Kalergi Prize in 2010...
  • So how long will Ukrainians keep deceiving themselves that they are loved by (and in) Europe?
  • Blackie
    Lesson;"never invite Al-Queada to dinner".
    Never mix with the enemy.
    Never support Ukraine Nazi Lunatics.
  • marcanhalt
    "Many young Syrian men have travelled abroad simply to avoid being drafted into the army; this is part of the reason Europeans have often characterized the refugees as being primarily young adult men."

    So, they do not want to get drafted to fight for the freedom of their own soil, but they want to go live on the grounds of another's labor and willingness to fight, to the death, on someone else's? And they do not want to be drafted, but they want to go to foreign countries and have the weaker vessels get caught up in THEIR "draft", is that it? I see. No wonder they are targets for not only nationalists, but protectors of women.
  • marcanhalt
    There is no comments here as to whether these Ukrainians speak Ukrainian or Russian only. My contacts say that so many of these are leaving the West of Ukraine and not the East. Those in the West do not trust the Poles or the Right Sector who is involved is smuggling and criminal activities throughout all of Ukraine. They not only do it for personal gain, but also to fund their cause. And if citizens, anywhere, cannot feel safe in their own beds because of criminal activities, both by the street gangs and the corruption being flaunted by their government, why wouldn't they move across town, out of the country? As a case in point, why were Americans, with bank accounts, leaving the USA after Bush invaded Iraq? Was it because of the feared backlash of the Muslims? Has America been "deemed safe" since their departure? And the families that left were in the thousands. We still have freedom to travel in this country because it is good for the economy. At the same time, I wonder how many of those bank accounts that traveled to Germany were told that they had to go back home...? The UK will take anyone that has that same bank account, but the rest? They can stay on that side of Calais.
  • Ivan Zadorozhny
    The Germans are not too far off the mark.
  • michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, are your contacts suggesting that there may be a developing split between the Right Wing and the Nationalist groups in Ukraine with the consequence of people around the Lvov region now turning towards Europe to escape?
  • marcanhaltin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, Nothing that you have mentioned here. My contacts are in various prosecutor's offices so I get statistics and cases being filed,
  • michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, ok and thanks. You must see some very interesting material at times! :)
  • marcanhaltin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, My contacts are pretty sharp people, overworked, afraid most of the time, but full of hope for their future. That hope is sometimes limited, but that is when I can encourage their very existence. This will be the second year in a row that others like myself will be going there with shipment containers of humanitarian supplies for some of the displaced families. The people are great, but the language continues to be a barrier.
  • michaelin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, pm sent.
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