What are some of the most common false promises made by human traffickers? Refugees told European media about the most common and most brazen lies they’ve had to hear.
LIE No. 1
“The ship for the crossing is very big, it even has a pool and a cinema.”
People smugglers often use only the oldest and cheapest boats they can get. Many of these are barely seaworthy. This allows traffickers to maximize profit. In 2016 alone, more than 5,000 people died when crossing the Mediterranean Sea in such boats.
LIE No. 2
“Germany has reserved 800,000 slots for Afghan refugees alone.”
A clear no! There are no such slots for specific countries. Each case is examined individually.
LIE No. 3
“We have 25 years of experience, and your transport to Europe is 100 percent legal and achievable.”
People smugglers are criminals and only interested in your money, not in your life! Thousands of irregular migrants are rejected each year. And sadly, many die during the dangerous passage.
LIE No. 4
“Big German corporations constantly need new workforce, so that Germany takes on 5,000 migrants daily.”
False as well. There is no job quota for migrants. Although there is a need for skilled workforce, those entering Germany illegally will not be able to get a job. Also note that the German government does not provide refugees with jobs.
LIE No. 5
“Every refugee receives a welcome payment of 2,000 euros.”
Contrary to rumours and misinformation deliberately spread by human traffickers, Germany does not provide a welcome payment. By spreading such lies, human traffickers knowingly put people’s lives in danger.
LIE No. 6
“Germany grants a house to every refugee.”
Nobody will be given their own house. In fact, finding a place to live has become more and more difficult in Germany, especially in big cities. Also note that you cannot choose freely where to live while you seek asylum and may have to stay in remote places where nobody understands your language.
LIE No. 7
“…and if you don’t like it in Germany, they’ll just give you a visa for Canada.”
This is straight nonsense. No such agreement whatsoever exists between Germany and Canada – or any other country, for that matter.