The number of refugees who voluntarily leave Germany, is on the decline. In the first three months of this year, 3130 migrants got their requests in the course of a Federal funding program-wide grants, such as the Federal office for Migration and refugees (Bamf) informs.

In the first quarter of 2018, there were 4498, a year earlier, 8468, and 2016 even 14 085. First, the editors ‘ network, Germany had reported about the Numbers. A Bamf spokeswoman stressed that the development of the Figures, it should also take into account the, how many asylum-seekers, newly come and ask. This number was 2016 at a historically high level.

the data comes from The Federal-Länder-programme REAG/GARP. The program is funded by the EU, the Federal government and the States and by the International organization for Migration (IOM). Some States have their own programs to return funding, said the spokeswoman. And: “people who are leaving the country regardless of this program, we cannot detect statistically.”

Overall, it was possible in the past year, according to preliminary Figures, 15 962 people, the voluntary return, in the regions of origin via the REAG/GARP programme. In 2017, there were 29 522, a year earlier, 54 006. “A decline in voluntary return numbers is noted in particular for the Western Balkans, for the access numbers in Germany, asylum seekers are declining,” said the spokeswoman. This development had emerged already in 2017 and in the year continued. “Total return figures for 2015 are at a high level.”

On Tuesday it became known that the conveyor system is to be expanded from July and simplified. In addition to a subsidy to the travel costs to your home country Concerned should receive the information according to unique 1000 Euro as a starting point. In addition, returnees can cost, among other things, for up to twelve months for a grant to the living, and the reimbursement of medical services.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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