Refugee news from Germany round-up

Stuttgart Administrative Court recognizes Roma as refugees:  The Administrative Court of Stuttgart (Verwaltungsgericht Stuttgart) has recognized two Roma from Serbia as refugees. In doing so, it reversed a decision of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamtes für Migration und Flüchtlinge).

In support of the decision the judges said that the Roma would be seriously disadvantaged in their home country and are forced to live on the margins of society.

The fact that under certain circumstances it is a criminal offence under Serbian law for Roma to apply for asylum in another country was decisive for the judgment.

Oranienplatz refugees interrupt their hunger strike: The refugees and activists at the Berlin Oranienplatz have interrupted their hunger strike after a meeting with the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Aydan Özugus.

The strikers need rest for for a further meeting with Özugus, said representatives of the group at a news conference on Wednesday.

It is merely an interruption of the strike, they stressed.  They want to sleep on the Oranienplatz. “We will leave this place only with a concrete solution,” said one of the refugees.

Group “Women in Exile:” For Labor Day (May 1): We demand an end to all work bans for asylum seekers: Ms. Nohid, 41, from Iran, has eaten nothing for two days because she wants to save her money to bring her daughter and son, who are alone in Turkey, to Germany. “I’m ready to take a difficult job so I can earn money. But I have no work permit and am not allowed to work.”

Justine, 25, from Kenya: “I’m tired of sitting at home doing nothing and spending day and night in the house. I am young and have a lot of energy. I want to use this energy for the society in which I live.”

There is also Musgan, a young woman from Afghanistan. “Not working means for me to be not a part of society. That makes me depressed. In my country, my family and I have been discriminated against and threatened because my sister and I were working, so I fled here as an asylum seeker, and again I experience discrimination.”

Asylum Cabinet approves stricter rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans: The federal government wants to send back asylum seekers from several Balkan countries more quickly. The Cabinet introduced a bill to classify Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as “safe countries of origin.”

The German authorities can then reject asylum applications from these countries more easily with this provision.

The asylum procedure will also be significantly shortened. The bill also specifies that the time asylum seekers must wait to be allowed to work be shortened.

Asylum seeker out of control: On Tuesday night, several residents complained about a drunk roommate at the asylum accommodation in the area of ​​police station of Bad Reichenhall.

The residents and the owner of the accommodation waited outside the building for the police because they were afraid of the drunken 30-year-old. The man could not be calmed down and verbally threatened his roommates. Officials had to take him into custody to prevent an escalation of the situation. After the troublemaker was sober again, he was released.

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