Sammelanhörung Nigeria in Köln am 22.11.2011

Liebe Freund_innen und Genoss_innen im Kampf gegen Abschiebung,

am 22.11.2011 (mindestens) findet in Köln wieder eine Sammelanhörung  Nigeria statt:
Zentrale Ausländerbehörde, Blaubach 13, 50676 Köln
Bitte weiterverbreiten, Leute warnen & andere / neue Infos rumschicken!

Angehörige der nigerianischen Botschaft sollen gegen Geld die  (angebliche) Identität nigerianischer Flüchtlinge bestätigen – eine  Prozedur, die nur dazu dient,   Reisedokumente für Abschiebungen  auszustellen. Darum: Warnt alle nigerianischen Flüchtlinge, die ihr kennt und die   (potentiell) betroffen sind, ratet allen Betroffenen, auf keinen  Fall zu der Abschiebeanhörung zu erscheinen! Erfahrungen aus der Vergangenheit haben gezeigt: So können die Betroffenen zumindest Zeit gewinnen, sie können vorerst nicht abgeschoben werden und nach Lösungen für ihre Situation suchen! Sanktionen durch die  Ausländerbehörden (Entzug von Taschengeld und Arbeitserlaubnis etc.)  sind möglich, aber für die meisten Betroffenen ist das vermutlich das  kleinere Übel im Vergleich zu einer baldigen Abschiebung! Auch zu  beachten: Menschen, die krank und nicht reisefähig sind, darf es nicht  zugemutet werden, nach Köln zur Abschiebe-Anhörung zu fahren!

Unten und im Anhang findet ihr einen Warnflyer mit Informationen für  Menschen, die von der Abschiebeanhörung betroffen sind.
solidarische Grüße,
E. / Münchner Karawane Aktivist

Dear friends and comrades fighting against deportation,

there will be a deportation hearing for Nigeria in Köln/Cologne on the  22nd of November (at least):
Zentrale Ausländerbehörde, Blaubach 13, 50676 Köln

Please spread the information, warn others & spread different / new  information!

Representatives of the Nigerian embassy, who receive money from German  authorities, are coming to Cologne to confirm the (alleged) identity of  Nigerian refugees – this procedure is  done  for the only purpose of  issuing traveling documents for  deportation! So You should warn all Nigerians that You know and who are  (potentially) concerned NOT TO SHOW UP FOR THE DEPORTATION  „IDENTIFICATION“ HEARING! Previous experience has shown: By not attending the „identification  hearing“, the people can at least buy themselves time, they can not be  deported so quickly and they can search for solutions for their own  case! Punishments by the authorities (withdrawing „pocket money“ or  working permission etc.) are possible, but probably still better than  soon getting deported! Also to consider: People who are seriously sick  and not able to travel should not be forced by the authorities to travel  to Cologne for the deportation „identification“ hearing!

Below and in the attachment, You can find a warning flyer with  information for people concerned by the deportation „identification“  hearing.

in solidarity,
Ebs / Munich Caravan activist in exile in Vienna, Austria


To all who are concerned of the deportation hearing with the Nigerian  Embassy on 22nd of November 2011 in Cologne or any other Nigerian  Embassy hearing: Don’t support Your own deportation!

Dear brothers and sisters,  on Thuesday, 22nd of November 2011 (and maybe some more days before and  after!) Nigerian Embassy officials will be coming to Cologne to identify  Nigerian Asylum seekers for the purpose of issuing travel documents to  deport them. The whole procedure takes place at “Zentrale  Ausländerbehörde”, Blaubach 13, Cologne. Besides this, the Nigerian  embassy does such deportation hearings again and again, each time in  another city. Africans from all over Germany have been summoned to show  up for such deportation hearings.

The experience of the past has shown that many of those who attended an  embassy hearing with the Nigerian embassy got deported soon afterwards!  Attending an embassy hearing with the Nigerian embassy is only for your  own deportation! Don’t support your own deportation! Don’t attend an  embassy hearing unless a lawyer is with you! Police might pick people at  their home addresses to bring them to a Nigerian embassy hearing by  force! Be careful, don’t let them pick you!

First: You should NOT sign any document proving your identity or your  country of origin unless a lawyer is with you! Such a paper can be used  to issue travelling documents for deportation without any other  evidences or documents.

What is the problem with an embassy hearing? What is happening there? It is clear that the only purpose of an embassy hearing is issuing  travelling documents for deportation! 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 embassy hearing, refugees will be questioned by Nigerian  embassy officials in order to confirm their Nigerian origin based on  their language, their accents or specific words they use. Besides this,  embassy officials can also arbitrarily “identify” someone to be Nigerian  based on general appearance, the shape of his/her face, traditional  scars etc.! It has also been reported that not only Nigerians, but also  asylum seekers from Togo, Liberia, Uganda, Sudan, Sierra Leone etc. have  been invited to embassy hearings with the Nigerian embassy to deport  them to Nigeria as well. It has to be clear: Don’t trust the Nigerian  bassy officials, even if they offer to help you! You should also know  that the embassy officials receive 500 Euro from the German authorities  for every refugee that is invited and finally issued a travel document. The embassy officials make money by supporting the deportation of  fellow Nigerians and other Africans! Which consequences might happen to you if you go to an embassy hearing?

Those attending an embassy hearing are being issued papers of  identification and, soon afterwards, they receive a note of deportation.  Not attending an embassy hearing can stop deportation! Many refugees who refused attending an embassy hearing were able to  stop their own 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“. However, many people still don’t receive any penalty  and often, these penalties are given only for a limited period of time. 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 Nigerian 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  Nigerian 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  Nigerian embassy officials 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, tell  us about your experiences. Let’s come together and protest against  deportation hearings!

Contact the Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants: e-mail: (Munich Caravan group)/ (The Voice Refugee Forum) websites:  / /  V.i.S.d.P.: Stephen Williams, c/o Karawane, Eine Welt Haus,  Schwanthalerstr. 80, 80336 München