Switzerland: Eritreans Have Cheated on Family Reunion

The wrong refugee child



Eritreans Have Cheated on Family Reunion



Software Translation from German



www.bazonline.ch | March 28, 2018





Last year, 4208 people came to Switzerland as part of family reunification in asylum – a third more than in 2016 and more than ever in the last ten years. Over eighty percent of them were children who were caught up by recognized refugees and provisionally admitted. The rest were mainly spouses. The follow-up took place in the sense of the “unity of the family”, to which above all acknowledged refugees are entitled. More than half of the relatives arrived from Eritrea.



For some time, however, evidence has accumulated that many of the family members who have come in are in fact not close relatives of refugees living here. It is cheated in this area after line and thread, one hears. Concrete cases are known in public but only a few. In most cases, data protection prevents such information from being publicized. The Basler Zeitung was now able to inspect the prosecutor’s office in Aargau for a punitive order and thus learned the background to a case in which asylum seekers deliberately deceived the authorities and succeeded in catching false family members.



Traveled by plane



Eritrean D. * arrived in Switzerland at the end of 2008 and applied for asylum. He allegedly had no papers, so his identity could not be verified. Nevertheless, the federal government approved his application in 2010, which meant that D. was granted a residence permit as a recognized refugee. As early as the first survey by the federal government, D. stated that he had a life partner in Eritrea and a daughter, then two years old. In 2011, the life partner and the child were able to travel to Switzerland by plane.



The woman had previously obtained a visa for entry to the Swiss embassy in Ethiopia. As it became known later, she had given a false name and date of birth. She had ten years older than she really was.



The life partner of D. and the supposedly common daughter were also granted refugee status in Switzerland. Previously, the couple claimed in a survey that they had another child together in Eritrea – a son named B., who was 13 at the time. In 2013, the alleged son traveled to Switzerland on his own.



As it became known later, he made the same under a false name – this on the recommendation of his alleged mother, who was already in Switzerland. The immigrant would not have been recognized as a refugee by the federal government.



But because he supposedly was the son of a family living here, he was also “recognized without further ado” as a refugee, as the penal order states. The now four-headed family lived in the community Aarburg and lived on welfare.



Brother indicated as a son



Later it turned out that everything was lying. Although the daughter was the biological child of father D., but not his life partner. And B. was not the son of the couple, but the brother of the alleged father D. He was called in truth S. The alleged mother had made it ten years older when entering, because otherwise due to the small age difference clear would have been that S. can not be her son.



The wrong son cost the taxpayers of Aarburg a penny of money. On the one hand, the family was four after his arrival and was therefore entitled to full refund of the rent of their apartment (1210 francs per month). In addition, the family got more social assistance. According to the penalty order, the financial loss for Aarburg until the age of majority of the “son” in 2016 was at least CHF 14,000.


Bad son, wrong mother. With false information the family reunification is enforced.

Bad son, wrong mother. With false information the family reunification is enforced



Conditional imprisonment



Afterwards, as an adult caretaker, he cost the community around 1,800 francs a month – a total of about 21,600 francs. It was only recently that Aarburg was in the news as social assistance spending continues to rise, threatening the community’s existence. At 5.7 million a year, welfare costs now account for a third of Aarburg’s tax revenues.



The prosecution Aargau sentenced the Eritrean D. last February by a penalty order for fraud and deception of the authorities. The sentence: a conditional imprisonment of six months and a fine of 1500 francs, which, together with the fine and other expenses, amount to 6750 francs.



It is not known if D.’s brother, who has been granted asylum here as his alleged son, also got involved with the law enforcement authorities and can continue to stay in Switzerland.



From the documents viewed by the BaZ also does not reveal whether the life partner of D. could have traveled to Switzerland even if it had been clear that she is not the mother of the alleged common daughter.



It can be assumed that the punishment because of the false information in the family reunion hardly impress the Eritrean D. Conditional prison sentences often have little effect on people from cultures where there is much tougher treatment. In addition, D. may not have to pay 6750 francs, which he should pay. Because he has no money and lives on social assistance.



Source: https://bazonline.ch/schweiz/standard/das-falsche-fluechtlingskind/story/19495246