German men are profiting off migrants by falsely claiming to be the fathers of refugee children in exchange for cash, prosecutors say. The scheme allows for migrant children to become citizens and for their mothers to stay in Germany.
Pregnant women are paying German men several thousand euros to claim they are the fathers of their children, according to an investigation by German media outlet RBB. The women – who typically enter the country on tourist visas – come from various parts of the world, including Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa and Azerbaycan
The men have very little to lose in the transaction as they are typically unemployed. Thus, the state becomes responsible for supporting the women and children through welfare payments.
According to RBB, Berlin alone has seen around 700 fake fatherhood cases in recent months.
“We are talking about a large number of cases which we come across every month,” Berlin prosecutor Martin Steltner said, as quoted by RBB. “In some cases we have people who have claimed fatherhood for over ten babies.”