Turkey/Germany.- Berlin to issue fast visa to temporarily accommodate Turkish victims of earthquake

07 February 2023, Berlin: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock held a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirsojan. Photo: Jörg Carstensen/dpa – Jörg Carstensen/dpa

BERLIN, 12 February (dpa/EP) –

The German Foreign and Interior Ministries confirmed this Saturday that those affected by the earthquake in Turkey will have the opportunity to stay temporarily with relatives residing in Germany.

“As the German government, we want to help ensure that families in Germany can receive their affected relatives temporarily if they no longer have a roof over their heads or need medical treatment,” German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in a statement. Twitter.

Thus, Berlin will be willing to help those affected by the earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria a week ago and killed at least 28,000 people, according to the latest figures.

Due to the guest worker policy adopted by the German government in the 1950s, tens of thousands of people have Turkish roots in Germany, the country’s largest immigrant group being Turks.

The two ministries have formed a working group that will begin work this weekend. “The goal is for the visa process for these cases to be as little bureaucratic as possible,” the minister said.

“This is about helping in an emergency. We want Turkish or Syrian families in Germany to have their close relatives in the disaster area join them without bureaucracy,” said German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser. German agency DPA.

This procedure will be carried out with regular visas, which will be issued faster and valid for three months.

“Amid the pain and horror of thousands of deaths post-earthquake, the immense devotion of hundreds of thousands of people in our country who have not only shown solidarity but also found a way is a beacon of hope for me. Baerbock is to help while expressing solidarity with those living in Germany and their relatives in Turkey,” he said.

The expedited and priority visas are intended to benefit particularly those who are individually impacted by the disaster, who are at risk of becoming homeless or have suffered injuries that require treatment, the agency learned.

In this way, the plan is designed for earthquake survivors who want to take refuge in Germany and stay with their first or second degree relatives who are German citizens or permanent residents.

Source: Noti Merica

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