DW journalists have evaluated the granting of visas at German embassies between 2014 and 2017. They have looked at national visas, i.e. applications for long-term visas for study, work or family reunification. So-called Schengen visas for short visits were not included.
It is difficult for Africans in their home countries to apply for visas for Germany. A data analysis by Deutsche Welle shows that one in five applications is rejected, far more than at German embassies on other continents.
Some results: The number of decided visa applications at all German embassies and consulates worldwide increased by 58% between 2014 and 2017, the number of refusals by 131.
During this period, only a good 10% of the decided applications came from Africa. Far more came from Asia (60%) and European countries that do not belong to the EU (23%).
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