In order to curb the rising
number of unfounded asylum applications of Georgian nationals,
Germany has now offered its direct support to the Georgian
authorities. A delegation under the leadership of the Head of the
Department Return in the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the
Commissioner for Flight and Migration in the Foreign Office
traveled to Tbilisi.
Since the introduction of the
visa liberalization, Georgian asylum applications in Germany have
increased threefold. Nearly 100% of the applications were
Few abuse the benefit of all
In the German Government's view, unsubstantiated asylum
applications and illegal stays are a security problem for
Nevertheless, many experts and politicians consider a demand for a
review of the visa-free regime for all Georgians, as requested in
February by the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, to be
exaggerated and unjustified. The Federal Minister of the Interior,
Thomas De Maizière, tried to defuse: the lifting of the visa-free
regime is only a “last resort”.
Abuses can lead to long-term entry ban
However, to “sustainably ensure” the visa-free regime for Georgian
nationals, stricter rules and procedures, as well as clear
penalties for abuses, are required, the German Embassy wrote in a
release on the occasion of the delegation’s visit
To this effect, Germany has announced it will implement a long-term
entry ban for the entire Schengen area for Georgian nationals
abusing asylum procedures in Germany.
It is yet unknown to what extent the option of declaring Georgia a
“safe country of origin” in Germany is currently being considered.
Such a classification would, for example, make it easier for German
authorities to process and reject unsubstantiated asylum
applications and also to return the rejected travelers to Georgia.
There, in turn, considerable penalties and heavy fines from the
Georgian side await the abusers of the visa-free regime. Since the
announcement of the problem, the Georgian government has reinforced
its fight against the visa abuse and once again raised the
penalties associated with offenses.
Information by the German Embassy Tbilisi
The German Embassy in Tbilisi provides information on its website
about fundamental questions
concerning asylum procedure and illegal stay in Germany
This information is also available
in the Georgian language
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