German Ambassador Blames Azerbaijan for Refusal to Participate in Talks on Azerbaijanis Residing in Germany
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr I. Alizadeh / The German Ambassador in Azerbaijan, Per Stankina, has blamed Azerbaijan for refusing to participate in talks regarding the 6,500 Azerbaijani citizens residing in Germany.
He noted that every country carries a responsibility for its citizens. However, Germany is facing difficulties as Azerbaijan does not agree with the country to hold negotiations and is trying to avoid the situation.
A source at the State Committee on Work with Azerbaijanis Residing Abroad said that the number of Azerbaijanis residing in Germany did not reach 6,000 and noted that the Committee had no contact with them.
According to the data provided by Germany, some 6,500 Azerbaijani citizens moved to Germany after the split of the Soviet Union to find political asylum. Azerbaijani citizens of Armenian nationality are also amongst them. However, the German government refused to provide them with refugee status and believes that Azerbaijan is now able to repatriate them. For over 15 years the migrants from Azerbaijan have been living on Germany's public budget, which annually totals €40mln.