Monday, 2nd of July 2018 (and probably some days after)
Senegalese officials will hold a mass hearing in Munich to identify Asylum seekers for the purpose of issuing travel documents to deport them to Senegal. We know that not only people, who fled from Senegal, but also people from other African countries could be summoned to go to the hearing!
The whole procedure takes place at the
In Mittersendling, at Hofmannstr. 51
It is clear that the only purpose of an embassy hearing is issuing travelling documents for deportations! You cannot apply for a passport for any other purpose.
What is the problem with an embassy hearing? What is happening there?
Usually, authorities send out letters through which people are asked to come to an embassy hearing for reasons that are not clearly specified. Sometimes, the authorities threaten to revoke the „Duldung“ if the refugees don’t attend the embassy hearing. This is partly wrong because the authorities HAVE TO prolong the “Duldung” if they cannot deport somebody.
During the delegation or embassy hearing, refugees will be questioned by Senegalese officials in order to confirm their Senegalese origin based on their language, their accents or specific words they use. Besides this, officials can also arbitrarily “identify” someone to be Senegalese based on general appearance, the shape of his/her face, traditional scars etc.! It has to be clear: Don’t trust the Senegalese officials, even if they offer to help you! You should also know that the officials receive money from the German authorities for every refugee that is invited and finally issued a travel document.!
Which consequences might happen to you if you go to an embassy hearing?
Those attending an embassy hearing might be issued laissez-passer and, if so, soon afterwards, they will probably be deported.
Not attending an embassy hearing can stop deportation!
Many refugees who refused attending an embassy hearing were able to stop their deportation successfully and to win time to find alternative solutions for their own situation.
Possibility of penalties for refusing to take part in an embassy hearing or for not talking with the embassy officials:
It’s a matter of fact that if you refuse to attend an embassy hearing and/or to talk with the embassy officials, you can get penalties such as cuts of your social welfare money. The authorities could also take away your working permission or you could get a restriction of your „Residenzpflicht“. You could also get a punishment by the criminal court for “Nichterfüllung der Passpflicht”. However, many people still don’t receive any penalty. But you have to consider the risk.
The authorities don’t have the right to punish you if you can present a medical certificate proving that you are so seriously ill that you cannot participate in an embassy hearing! Concerning the question of penalties, we ask you to contact us and/or your lawyer!
Attention: Police can pick people at their places!!
Police might try to arrest you at your place and bring you directly to the Senegalese delegation/embassy hearing by force, especially if you have already refused to take part in such an interview. This can happen to you even if you didn’t receive any official invitation for the embassy interview! At previous occasions, the police picked people to bring them to such embassy hearings from cities all over Germany.
Be careful, don’t let them pick you, call your lawyer and/or contact us!
Therefore, our advice is:
Do not take part in an embassy hearing and don’t talk any word with Senegalese embassy officials unless your lawyer is with you!
Do not sign any document proving your identity or your country of origin unless a lawyer is with you!
Be careful not to be picked by force! Get in touch with people and groups that support you!
Get in touch with us to get to know more about embassy hearings, report any news and tell us about your experiences!
Inform other people about the deportation hearing and the possible consequences!
Let’s come together and protest against deportation hearings!