Almost 11,000 relatives of migrants to Germany are waiting for appointments at German missions abroad to get visas and join their families.
The information was released in the German government’s answer to a parliamentary question and published by the Funke Media group on Tuesday.
At the end of March, there were 10,974 appointment requests for family reunions for refugees admitted to Germany with so-called subsidiary protection – for example in embassies and consulates in Lebanon, northern Iraq and Turkey.
Subsidiary or limited protection is given to those who are at threat of serious harm in their own countries, from torture or war for example.
Many Syrian refugees come under this category.
The number of visas issued each month to join beneficiaries of subsidiary protection remains well below the monthly legal limit of 1,000, according to the Funke report.
German missions abroad issued 264 visas for family reunification in January, 473 in February, 442 in March and 363 in April.
Germany’s Federal Office of Administration acts as an interface between foreign authorities and German overseas missions in the complex applications process.
The coronavirus pandemic and restrictions in the work of German consulates saw a significant drop in numbers recently, but they had already been under the upper limit before.(dpa/NAN)