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.

'Considerable criminality'

Germany has moved to tighten asylum rules since the 2015 influx of more than 800,000 migrants, most of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Immigration is a major issue ahead of parliamentary elections in September. The influx hit some local authorities especially hard, as they struggled to house and integrate the newcomers.

However, there was a sharp drop in the numbers claiming asylum in 2016, after barriers were erected on the Balkan migration route.

Polls suggest that the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), opposed to mass immigration, has gained support and is on course to enter the federal parliament (Bundestag) for the first time.

Mr Schröder, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), said "we have a lot of evidence from the immigration authorities - fake fathers are making money out of this... in other words, this involves a considerable amount of criminality".

In one case reported by RBB, a far-right sympathiser, convicted for sporting neo-Nazi symbols, claimed to be the father of a Vietnamese child.

Martin Steltner, a state prosecutor in Berlin, told ARD television there were signs of widespread abuse involving paternity, for example one man claiming to be the father of 10 children.

The fake fathers rarely pay any child support, as many are living off social welfare, ARD reports.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, whom governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

Some 200 students staged a sit-in at a vocational school in Nuremberg Wednesday and clashed with police who came to detain for deportation a 20-year-old Afghan student who had been in the country for over four years.

Police used batons and dogs, and three officers were injured, but they eventually managed to detain the student, reported public broadcaster BR, adding that the student speaks German and had been offered a job.

Germany has temporarily suspended the group deportations of rejected Afghan asylum seekers following the Kabul truck bomb attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

The foreign ministry would reassess security in the country by July, and until then Germany would carry out only "voluntary repatriations and deportations of violent extremists and criminals in individual cases," she said.

Germany said the previous day it had postponed a scheduled deportation flight of rejected Afghan asylum seekers after the truck bomb killed at least 90 people and wounded hundreds.

The bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter killed an Afghan guard at the German embassy and wounded two embassy staff, one of them German, the other one Afghan.

Germany, Europe's most populous nation, has taken in over one million asylum seekers since 2015, the peak of the mass influx of mostly Middle Eastern refugees and migrants to the continent.

While it has generally granted safe haven to people from war-torn Syria, Germany has increasingly been sending back Afghans, arguing that much of their country, where the German army has helped stabilization efforts for years, is safe.

Between December and March, Germany sent back a total of 92 Afghan nationals on several charter flights to Kabul, accompanied by over 300 police, according to government figures provided to parliament.

The deportation policy for war-torn Afghanistan has however been highly controversial, and the debate intensified after this week's attack. 

Refugee rights group Pro Asyl demanded that such deportations be scrapped for good, arguing that Afghans must not be sent back to "a country that cannot protect civilians".

The trial of a Kenyan lady accused of plotting with one of her lovers to kill her husband is set to begin later this week. Details emerging from the investigations reveal, she not only helped in the planning but also in the execution of the plot to get her husband killed.

A few days before the start of the trial against a 32 year old Kenyan lady, Armina A. for being an accomplice to the murder of her 58 year old German husband Ekkehart H., show that she did more than just plot for the murder. According to Chemnitzer Morgenpost, the state prosecutor believes that Armina was the brain behind the whole incident.

It is believed that Armina opened the door for her ex-boyfriend Jan D. and as he was in the basement wearing the mask and picking the machete used to cut off Ekkehart’s throat; Armina seduced Ekkehart into having sex. The Bild Zeitung goes further to explain that as they were engaged into intercourse, Jan D. came into the room and chopped Ekkehart’s throat. As Jan was attempting to chop off Ekkehart’s shin, he’s aim was off and he ended up chopping off Armina’s achilles tendons.

A week after the attack, Armina told the Bild Zeitung that someone had been threatening her husband and had promised to kill him. She went further to even mention her immediate ex-lover, father to the five month old daughter, as a potential suspect. The police would arrest Armina’s ex-boyfriend Jan D. who confessed even before being taken into custody. 

Almost a month after the attack in November, the police would find out that Armina was a key accomplice in the case. Barely healed, she was wheeled into police custody where she has been since

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The former Chancellor of Germany; Helmut Kohl is dead. The CDU confirmed this: "We mourn," wrote the Christian Democratic Party of Germany on Twitter. From 1982 to 1998, Kohl was the sixth Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Before then, he was the regional minister of Rhineland-Pfalz (1969-1976). Between 1973 and 1998 he was the Chairman of CDU in Germany. He is regarded as the "Chancellor of Unity," and the collapse of the GDR and the reunification of Germany coincided with his time as prime minister.

In the year 2000, Kohl had to resign from his position as honorary chairman of the CDU because of his role in the party's donation party. He had refused to provide information about the names of donors. Kohl said at the time that he had given them his word of honor. In his last years of life, Kohl underwent some serious operations and sat in a wheelchair.

May he Rest in Peace

As the relationship between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to be getting tense, here are some things you should probably know about their countries' economic relationship.

A brewing diplomatic crisis between the United States and Germany has its roots in President Donald Trump's frequent criticism of the large US trade deficit with the European economic powerhouse.

SEE ALSO: New Trump attack on Germany widens transatlantic rift

Here are some key facts about the economic relationship between the two countries:

1. Trade deficit

The US trade deficit in goods and services with Germany in 2016 fell to $67.8 billion, due to a 0.7 percent increase in exports to $80.4 billion, and a 5.7 percent drop in imports, which totalled $148.1 billion, according to government data.

That ranks as the second largest deficit, behind China ($310 billion), and followed by Mexico ($62 billion), and Japan $56 billion.

Unlike those countries, however, where the US has a surplus in services, it has a deficit with Germany in both goods and services, the latter amounting to $2.3 billion last year.

2. Imports

The United States is Germany's most important export market, but Germany ranks as the fifth biggest source of US imports, behind China ($480 billion), Mexico ($324 billion), Canada ($313.5 billion) and Japan ($165 billion). 

Capital goods make up nearly $40 billion of products imported from Germany, while autos, parts and engines amounted to $32 billion, followed by consumer goods at nearly $20 billion.

3. Exports

Germany is the sixth largest market for US exports, behind Canada ($322 billion), Mexico ($262 billion), China ($170 billion), UK ($121 billion) and Japan ($109 billion).

The largest component of US exports to Germany was "other goods and services," which totalled just under $28 billion last year, followed by non-auto capital goods at $21 billion.

4. Investment

In 2015, German firms invested $255.5 billion in the United States, an increase of nearly 14 percent over the previous year, ranking as the seventh biggest foreign investor. The UK was first with $484 billion followed by Japan with $484 billion.

5. Employment

German companies are the third largest foreign employer in the United States, with over 670,000 workers, nearly half of which are employed in manufacturing.

Source: https://www.thelocal.de

Sightseeing in Berlin is always a good news!  Mr. Henry Akanno, member of the Hamburg Integration Council is inviting the general public to join him and the Hamburg-Bergedorf & Harburg Member of Parliament, Metin Hakverdi to Berlin.

The tour to Berlin forms part of his community motivational activities. The first stop in the federal capital of Germany is the Parliament House “Bundestag”. Then after the seat of Government “Kanzleramt” Questions and Answers with the Parliamentarian is planned, besides it is an eye opener and inspirational moment for the youth. There is going to be lunch and photo session. The entire trip is costing per person only 20€.
The tour is limited to 50 participants, all 
interested in this historic visit should contact Henry Akanno on Tel: 01741349339

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A Kenyan lady has passed away in Hamburg and the State is looking for her next of kin. It has been close to a month since the lady passed and her family is yet to be found.

A month ago a Kenyan passed away in Hamburg, during the wake organised by the community where funeral arrangements were to be discussed, another Kenyan lady that had attended the event tripped on her way out and fell on the staircase. The lady identified as Wachia Manambo or as Jaridine (Jardin) Graff, would then be rushed to hospital for treatment. On 23rd May, Ms. Manambo passed on at the hospital.

Since end of May, Kenyans in Hamburg have sent out appeals in an attempt to locate her family but to no avail. As time is running out, the Kenyan community in Hamburg is sending out an appeal to Kenyans around the world to share this story and help find Ms. Manambo’s family.

Anyone with information on how her family may be contacted or who her family is, please contact the

Kenyan Embassy in Berlin – +49 30 259 266 0
Reto Wakenya Pamoja, community organisation in Hamburg – +49 152 139 10054

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