Skip to Content

BAMF headquarters, Google maps; Horst Seehofer (Wikipedia)

Fresh scandal erupts over migrant applications in Germany

A fresh scandal has erupted over fraudulent residency approvals for migrants by the German Federal Office for Immigration and Refugees (BAMF).

Published: May 30, 2018, 8:19 am

    Read more

    BAMF employees blamed executives in an open letter published by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday for the widespread corruption in migrant applications. “The so-called executives, and not the low-ranking employees of the federal office, must be in focus,” said council chairman Rudolf Scheinost and deputy chairman Paul Müller in the open letter.

    It has been revealed that a criminal syndicate helped Nigerian immigrants get residency by providing Berlin authorities with fake papers. The immigration authority reportedly ignored internal warnings and kept approving the applications.

    The fresh allegations in the growing BAMF corruption scandal came to light on Tuesday, when Berlin broadcaster RBB reported that the Berlin branch of the BAMF had enabled immigration fraud for many years. The case is being investigated by Berlin prosecutors.

    The new allegations come in the wake of the negligence charges against the BAMF office in Bremen.

    The RBB reported that a criminal syndicate in Berlin had created fake identity documents for over 200 Nigerians to help them gain residency status in the country by sending the African migrants to the same BAMF office with a Portuguese woman who would claim to be their wife.

    According to EU law, the immediate family of EU citizens can be granted residency and a work permit if that person can prove that they are working in that country.

    Portuguese women were flown into Berlin for a BAMF appointment for which they were provided with fake papers that appeared to prove that they were working in Germany and also that they were married to the African seeking residency. Such applications were approved in most cases.

    Prosecutors believe that the marriage documents were faked in Nigeria, while the work contract was created by the ex-owner of a Berlin brothel.

    Their trick was used more than 200 times between 2015 and 2017, sometimes more than once in the same week. The same Portuguese “wife” even appeared for many of the appointments, producing a different set of identity papers.

    BAMF employees who spoke with RBB, said seniors staff had been warned on several occasions about possible corruption, but simply ignored their warnings. The Berlin Senate has denied the accusations that they had been allowing the fraud to continue for years.

    The Bremen office is meanwhile being investigated for taking bribes to ensure that over 1 200 asylum requests were approved, despite the applicants not meeting the requirements to stay in Germany.

    The BAMF central authority also tried to hide the extent of the fraud, fearing damage to its reputation.

    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has promised extensive investigations into the matter, but critics say a special meeting of the Committee on Home Affairs is not enough.

    Following the investigations of Seehofer and Cordt, another special session has been announced.  But Andrea Lindholz, like several other Union politicians, stressed that an internal committee would not be an investigation committee.

    Former Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and former BAMF leader Frank-Jürgen Weise and Manfred Schmidt have not publicly commented on the allegations against BAMF.

    There is sadly no majority for an investigation committee to look into the BAMF affair. While the AFD and FDP parties have demanded a comprehensive investigation by a committee of inquiry, the Greens and the Union and SPD are dragging their heels. The leftists do clearly not want an inquiry committee.

    Setting up an investigation committee would need a quorum which the FDP and AfD together lack. Both parliamentary groups have 172 votes, while 177 of the 709 deputies are required.

    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and BAMF chief Juta Cordt addressed a parliamentary committee on Tuesday to clarify the situation. The closed-doors hearing lasted five hours.

    Seehofer has proposed reforming the way asylum applications are handled. The former Bavarian state premier has also floated the idea of so-called reception centers where migrants would be processed upon arrival.

    A new probe into the scandal could see the backlog of asylum applications increase, since some 18 000 asylum applications which had been approved at the BAMF office in Bremen will now have to be reviewed.

    Cordt said pending applications are likely to rise to 80 000 cases, up from the current 50 000, because no new employees will be appointed to look into the fraud.

    TAZ, a leftist daily known for its pro-refugee sympathies, has called for a public enquiry. “The BAMF is the German authority which is most dangerous for societal peace if it messes up,” the newspaper stated on Monday.

    “This isn’t just about terrorists or criminals who could have used the authorities in Bremen to waltz into the country… in every village pub there will now be people saying ‘I told you so’ and others who no longer greet their Syrian neighbours.”


    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    DESTRUCTIVE HAILSTORMS will become more frequent and violent with increasingly larger hail, predicted solar researcher Valentina Zharkova back in 2019 when she stated that it's one of many signs of an impending Grand Solar Minimum. This is exactly what we have witnessed this year in both Europe and the world. Here is the German town of Benediktbeuern in Bavaria after a hailstorm on August 26th. Almost all rooftops and cars were damaged. The centuries-old church and monastery were damaged for the first time ever. Interestingly, the monastery was rebuilt in 1699 during the Maunder Minimum. Combined with heavy rainfall, extreme weather will devastate a significant portion of our food production. For instance, heavy rainfall destroyed a quarter of all crops in Greece in just two days in September. However, mainstream media remains silent. Photo: X @safe0007/Sandor Feher

    NOAA Predicts Zero Sunspots for Almost the Whole 2030s

    CLIMATEThe United States' government scientific organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), predicts zero sunspots from 2031 to 2040. This is an extreme situation that has not occurred in as long as humanity has been counting sunspots, and it leads us into uncharted territory in terms of our solar system. However, this prediction aligns with the warnings of the world-renowned solar researcher Valentina Zharkova for many years, who indicated in 2019 various signs of this catastrophic phenomenon, including the extreme hailstorms we have seen in Europe and the world this summer. The forecast and various observations this year give cause for very significant concern. In this unique analysis, Free West Media explains why.

    NATIONALIST COLLABORATION TAKES SHAPE. Six parties met in Budapest on August 26th to sign a joint declaration confirming the friendship and political unity among the parties. The goal is to either form a new group in the European Parliament after the EU elections in June next year or to reconstitute the existing Identity and Democracy (ID) group with the new parties. Pictured from left to right: Mikael Jansson (Alternative for Sweden), Thierry Baudet (Forum for Democracy, Netherlands), László Toroczkai (Mi Hazánk, Hungary), Kostadin Kostadinov (Vazrazhdane, Bulgaria), and Josef Nerušil (Svoboda a přímá demokracie, Czech Republic). Also included is Mass-Voll from the non-EU country Switzerland (inset image). Photo: Free West Media

    European Nationalist Parties Forge Cooperation Ahead of EU Elections

    EUROPEAN ELECTIONSOn Saturday, August 26, representatives of six European nationalist parties gathered in Budapest. The meeting was initiated by the Hungarian party Mi Hazánk and took place in the national parliament. Representatives of the parties signed a joint declaration that not only reaffirms the parties' friendship but also their unity on a range of complex political issues. A surprisingly clear and radical manifesto was established. The hope is that this cooperation will lead to success in the EU elections and eventually result in the formation of a group in the European Parliament. For Swedish nationalism, this meeting marks a success as Sweden, for the first time, has a party represented in a leading nationalist cooperation in Europe. Free West Media was present at this historic event.

    Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson participated in the Pride parade in Stockholm where Erdogan was ridiculed, something that Turkey took particularly badly. Photo: Nya Tider

    Turkey Believes Sweden Hasn’t Done Enough

    Sweden will have to wait a bit longer for NATO membership, according to Turkey's Justice Minister Jilmaz Tunc. First, Sweden must extradite the "terrorists" Turkey wants and stop the desecration of the Quran.

    Ka-52 crashes after being hit by a Swedish RBS 70. Russian sources report that one of the two pilots died in the crash. Image: Telegram

    Swedish Weapon Takes Down Russia’s Best Attack Helicopter

    The Russian attack helicopter Ka-52 is considered one of the world's best and has struck fear in Ukraine, where it has hunted down tanks and other armored vehicles, often beyond the range of many light anti-aircraft systems. However, it has met its match in the Swedish air defense missile system RBS 70, which has quickly led to significant losses for the Russian helicopter forces.

    The Sun has been found to be the main driver behind Earth's cliamte - and it's getting colder. Photo: iStockPhoto

    The Sun Drives Earth’s Climate, Not Carbon Dioxide

    Top Researchers Push Back Against Climate Lies."The correlation is as clear as day," explained the Israeli astrophysicist Nir Shaviv, who was hailed by the establishment, before his interview with Forbes was hastily deleted. What he says contradicts the climate narrative, which points to humans as responsible for Earth's climate. Shaviv firmly asserts that it is the sun that controls the climate, something that can be scientifically proven in many ways. Contrary to the popular belief, the sun's influence on Earth has, in recent years, caused unusually cold and rainy weather, a trend that solar researchers warn will worsen significantly in the coming decades. The sun has exhibited an unusually low activity since 2016, during Solar Cycle 24, which was the weakest in a century.

    Alternative for Germany held its conference during the last weekend of July in the thousand-year-old city of Magdeburg, located by the Elbe River in the eastern German state of Saxony. The first of the two conference days began with a strong program speech by the party's male spokesperson. Subsequently, party officials were elected and motions were addressed. The second day was entirely devoted to candidate selection and positioning for the EU election in June next year. Screenshot: AfD on Facebook

    Strong Confidence in German AfD

    Alternative for Germany (AfD) held a party conference on July 29-30 to select candidates for the upcoming EU election next year. EU Parliament member Maximilian Krah, belonging to the party's more radical, ethnonationalist faction, was appointed as the top candidate. The party's two spokespersons delivered powerful speeches criticizing the EU's failed migration policy and trade sanctions that isolate Europe and Germany from the rest of the world. They argued that it's time for the EU to return a significant portion of its power to national parliaments. However, they have dropped the demand for Germany to exit the EU.

    Maximilian Krah is one of the AfD politicians who is singled out as an ethnonationalist, as he has stated that there is a distinction between ethnic Germans and immigrants who have obtained German citizenship. Krah is a Member of the European Parliament and AfD's top candidate for the upcoming European Union election next year. Still image: AfD on Facebook

    The Establishment Wants to Ban Germany’s Second Largest Party – for the Sake of Democracy

    The rising popularity of AfD has raised strong concerns within the establishment. Despite lies and demonization in the media and isolation from the overall political establishment, the party continues to grow. Certain representatives of the party are accused of becoming increasingly "extreme," and in an unusual move, the influential weekly newspaper Der Spiegel demanded that AfD be "banned."

    FvD was quick to support the protests against covid restrictions. Today, the party also stands behind the farmers protests against the governments’ plans to close a big portion of the farms in the country for the sake of “climate”. The picture is from a protest against covid restrictions in Amsterdam in January of last year. Photo: Wion

    Dutch FvD break through the media blockade

    What is happening in the Netherlands? It is often difficult to follow events in other countries, especially when distorted by system media. We give Forum for Democracy (FvD) the opportunity to speak out on the political situation in the Netherlands and the staunch resistance they face in trying to save the country.

    Albert Bourla (l.) has close ties to Ursula von der Leyen (center). YouTube screenshot

    The Ursula von der Leyen Affair

    After a criminal complaint in Belgium against the President of the European Commission, the so-called SMS-case, now takes a new turn. The judge responsible for the investigation will likely gain access to the secret messages exchanged between Ursula von der Leyen and Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, at least if they haven't been deleted.

    Daniel Friberg, founder of the publishing house Arktos, tells Nya Tider that they intend to counter censorship by starting new ventures, including an online cultural magazine and an online university. Photo: Arktos

    Publisher of Unique Literature Worldwide Blocked by International Distributor

    Arktos has distinguished itself by publishing groundbreaking philosophers and social critics. Now, the publisher's international distributor has abruptly terminated the cooperation, and more than 400 already printed titles cannot reach their audience. There is strong evidence that the distributor has been under pressure, something that has also happened in Sweden. We have spoken with Arktos founder Daniel Friberg about the ongoing struggle for freedom of speech in a shrinking cultural corridor.

    Go to archive