Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Germany sees rise in fake father scams with immigrants



German officials say growing numbers of pregnant immigrant women are paying German men to pose as fathers so that they can qualify for residency.

 
German broadcaster RBB found up to 700 cases in Berlin alone. "There are many unreported cases," said Ole Schröder, a top interior ministry official.


There has been a rise in asylum requests from pregnant women from Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe.


A new law is being drafted to tackle the fake paternity racket, RBB reports.


Some pregnant immigrant women are reported to have paid fake fathers and solicitors as much as €5,000 (£4,356; $5,628) to get paternity registered. Once that is done, the baby automatically becomes a German citizen and the mother has the right to stay.
However, in 2013 a German Constitutional Court ruling said that even in suspicious cases it might not be worth contesting paternity, because the child could end up stateless and left in legal limbo.


It is generally easier for refugees fleeing conflict to get residency in Germany than for economic migrants who have escaped poverty in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe.




BBC      News.