Our demands

Our demands

1.) We demand a transparent and fair process.

  • Possibility to fulfill conditions:Every person has to be able to understand as well as fulfill the conditions made by the agency. Barriers like the proof of a job, private property, family relations, invitation letters and formal obligation are a not acceptable discriminatory practice.

  • Basis of trust: All information supplied by the claiming person has to bemet with trust so as to put an end to the current practice of presumption.

  • Handing in of applications:Applications can also be handed in via post so as to avoid unnecessary traveling costs within the country.

  • Status of application:Applicants have the chance to constantly investigate the status of their application. In the case of a rejection the applicant is informed right away. A detailed and understandable explanation for the rejection needs to be supplied.

  • Reachability:The responsible person for Visa issues is accessible or has a representative.

  • Time frame:The time frame for the process of according visa (from the initial claim until the granting of the Visa) has to be clearly regulated. Stretching out this process over a longer period of time is unacceptable for all persons affected. This would only lad to insecurities as regards planning among others in international voluntary programs, vacations, visits of relatives and travels as part of a job.

  • Resources:A better personnel, financial and technical equipment of embassies could be a first step to implement. the abovementioned points.


2.) We demand an abolition of Article 32 Abs. 1b of the EU Visa Code 2009: „if there are reasonable doubts as to [...]his intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for.“ (fehlende Rückkehrbereitschaft).


Ascertainment:A „fehlende Rückkehrbereitschaft“ can never be ascertained beyond all doubts and implies therefore a gross presumption towrds the applicants, Reasons which are solely based on presumptions can never be a reason for the rejection of a Visa.

The eye-level principle explained with the example voluntary service: The federal ministry of economic cooperation and development(BMZ) is propagated as an intercultural exchange on eye-level. For German volunteers a „fehlende Rückkehrbereitschaft“ is not an argument against according a Visa. For volunteers coming from the Global South, however, it often is.That is why we cannot really speak off an exchange on eye-level here.


We acknowledge

Apart from these demands we acknowledge that we, the association „Zugvögel – Interkultureller Süd-Nord Austausch e.V.“, consisting in the majority of former volunteers, also form part of the very same structures of power and that we profit from them.

Even if it is our goal to break with the existing structures of power we are conscious of the fact that through the organization of the South-North exchange and its financing by global, privileged institutions like the BMZ we tolerate existing imbalances.

We aim at hinting at faults in the system even being part of the preexisting structures and by that initiate a societal change.

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