Up to 5,000 asylum seekers in Germany not fingerprinted or photographed – migration agency

Up to 5,000 asylum seekers in Germany not fingerprinted or photographed – migration agency
Around 5,000 known asylum seekers in Germany still haven’t been photographed or fingerprinted, according to local media, citing the head of the country’s migration agency.

There are some 5,000 refugees seeking asylum in Germany that haven’t been fingerprinted or photographed, the head of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Jutta Cordt, said on Wednesday, Die Welt reports.

The number of unregistered asylum seekers is still being estimated, a BAMF spokeswoman said on Thursday, adding that it’s within the range of four-digit figures.

Federal states had previously given assurances that all asylum seekers were recorded, the spokeswoman added. However, the BAMF began receiving further reports that not all of them had been registered properly.

All foreigners aged over 14 requesting asylum in Germany have to be identified by being photographed and giving their fingerprints, in line with the Asylum Procedure Act.

The BAMF is now revising thousands of granted asylum applications, following the case of a far-right German soldier who received asylum under the false identity of a Syrian refugee.

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The man, named as ‘Franco A.’, was arrested for allegedly plotting to carry out a terrorist attack and blame it on his fake refugee identity.

The migration office will now examine up to 100,000 cases.

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