Germany wants to help people in the earthquake area with three-month visas - but this requires identity papers, which many lost in the rubble. State President Aras asks the Federal Minister of the Interior for non-bureaucratic help.
Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - President of the state parliament Muhterem Aras (Greens) wrote a letter to Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser and asked for unbureaucratic help in issuing identity cards for earthquake victims. Because only with the right papers can people who have lost everything in the disaster area in Turkey and Syria receive a special visa to stay with relatives in Germany.
"In view of the dramatic situation in the earthquake area, I would ask the Federal Minister to check to what extent an identity card that can be issued within hours can be sufficient as proof of identity in this exceptional situation," said Aras of the German Press Agency in Stuttgart. "It would help a lot for the people affected by the earthquake so that they can temporarily get a roof over their heads with their relatives in Germany and find consolation."
But it is also important to be able to trace who is entering the Federal Republic, emphasized the President of the State Parliament: "What should be possible with identification via the ID card." At the same time, Aras SPD politician Faeser thanked Faeser for the visa facilitation and the help provided so far for the people affected by the earthquake disaster.
About a week ago, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior announced that people affected by the earthquake would be given the opportunity to temporarily stay with relatives in Germany via an unbureaucratic visa process. The visa should be valid for three months. Criticism has recently been raised because these three-month visas require a valid passport and a biometric photo, for example - but many people have lost their identity papers in view of the destruction in the disaster area.