The federal government is in talks with a number of countries over a so-called “migration partnership” that would include, among other things, rapid returning home from Germany illegal migrants. Currently, we are talking about six countries, a spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Tuesday, October 3. These are Georgia, Moldova, Kenya, Colombia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Negotiations with the two Central Asian countries have already progressed quite far. At the beginning of May, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Uzbekistan, and at the end of September – with Kyrgyzstan. According to the press secretary, we are talking about reducing the number illegal refugees and at the same time creating opportunities for legal immigration to Germany.
The German government’s special commissioner for migration agreements, Joachim Stamp, led negotiations in Kenya in September.
Colombia, the Interior Ministry spokesman noted, is on the list, in particular, because the number of applications for asylum from citizens of this country increased from 140 in 2018 to 1,500 in the first half of 2023 alone. He specified that “Georgia and Moldova have special priority, because more than ten percent of rejected applications for asylum in Germany come only from citizens of these two countries,” he clarified. Thus, from January to August 2023, 7,405 applications were received from citizens of Georgia, 2,124 from Moldova. The government of Tbilisi and Chisinau expressed readiness for negotiations.
By now, the federal government has a migration agreement in place with India.