The offer should apply to people from the earthquake areas in Turkey and Syria who have relatives in Germany. This was announced by the Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior in Berlin. “As the federal government, we want to help families in Germany to be able to take in relatives who were affected by the earthquake temporarily if they no longer have a roof over their heads or need medical treatment,” said Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.
According to the Greens politician, the Federal Foreign Office has formed a task force together with the Federal Ministry of the Interior. They will start their work this weekend. “The goal is to make the visa process for these cases as unbureaucratic as possible.” The Federal Foreign Office has already increased its staff at the foreign missions and reallocated capacities at the visa acceptance centers in Turkey.
Visa valid for three months
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) wrote on her ministry’s Twitter account: “It’s about help in times of need. We want to make it possible for Turkish or Syrian families in Germany to be able to bring close relatives from the disaster region to them unbureaucratically.” This should be done with regular visas, which would be issued quickly and should be valid for three months. The “Bild” newspaper first reported on the regulation.
Foreign Minister Baerbock said: “In the grief and dismay at the many thousands of dead after the earthquake, a glimmer of hope for me is the huge commitment of hundreds of thousands of people in our country, who not only sympathize, but also lend a hand and find ways to help, for example with donations. ” Many people here have relatives in Turkey who want to take them in and for whom they are willing to vouch.
Hundreds of thousands of people homeless
A 7.7 magnitude tremor shook the Turkish-Syrian border region early Monday morning, followed by another 7.6 magnitude tremor at noon. By Saturday, more than 25,000 people had died, including more than 22,300 in Turkey. Almost 85,000 people were injured across borders in the region, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless.
ww/uh (dpa, afp)