Refugees or Asylum seekers are the absolute most defenseless individuals on the planet today. Because of the urgency that a great number of people fleeing from their home countries often have they are very easy targets for traffickers who peddle lies to them about the entire process of fleeing one country to another.
Government of Germany is extremely careful about instructing potential refugees on these misleads spare them from the grievous endings that can in some cases be the end of these ill-advised outings. It is in view of this reason Germany’s Federal Foreign Office on October 23rd propelled the RumoursAboutGermany.infowebsite in French, English, and Arabic.
The website was launched as part of the government’s ongoing #RumoursAboutGermany public awareness campaign that’s been running in places such as Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2015.
The Federal Foreign Office assures that the website’s goal is to inform, not deter refugees. They say that “many irregular migrants make the decision to set out for Europe based on inaccurate information and rumours spread by people smugglers who are interested in profit, not the benefit and safety of the migrants.”
Over 5000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean, alone, last year. The loss of vulnerable human lives to the sea is something that needs to be reduced as much as possible. One of the chief ways for changing a situation is to educate people more on them and Germany’s government certainly has the idea.
Below we list some of the lies featured on the website and some other’s beside which anyone contemplating a risky migration may do to know to make better informed decisions.
Rumours About Germany: Five Lies Told By Traffickers
The promise of big spacious ships by these traffickers is one of the biggest lies peddled and on Rumours About Germany it ranks as the top lie. Most human traffickers try to maximize their profit by using old, unseaworthy boats.
Number of Refugee Spots In New Country
Most developed nations allow only a specified number of refugees from different countries each year and some do not even have that choosing instead to determine cases independently. Where possible it is better to check this particular detail before deciding on a country to flee to.
Deals With Other Nations
Some traffickers speak of the ease of moving to another country if the particular country being emigrated to does not pan out. For instance, Rumours About Germany notes the rumour “if you don’t like it in Germany, they’ll just give you a visa for Canada” as complete rubbish. Germany has no such deal with Canada and the same is true of many other countries.
Conducive Atmosphere In New Country
Migrants are concerned with rebuilding their lives and so stories on the ease of integration into new countries are, especially, attractive. One promise discounted by Rumours About Germany was that every refugee receives a welcome payment of €2,000 and a house of their own in Germany. Even when a migration is successful it often takes refugees quite a while to rebuild their lives in the new country.
Rescuers and Rescue Time
Traffickers being smart do not completely discount the possibility of any mishaps or accidents occurring in the course of the journey. Instead, they will often assure refugees of a speedy rescue. The number of migrant deaths at sea discount this rumour.