Do you still need to give someone a Christmas gift, and want to help refugees with the legal costs of getting asylum in Germany?
The Leipzig non-profit initiative Peperoncici Mini-Bürgschaften aims to help refugees pay their legal costs of petitioning for asylum through “Mini-Bürgschaften,” or small co-signature pledges. Therefore, the small support of several people allows a refugee, or a family of refugees, to cover the costs of hiring legal council and tread through the complicated EU/German asylum bureaucratic hurdles successfully.
As a Christmas gift, you can pledge from €10 onward on behalf of a loved one to help a refugee petition for asylum (around €500 is needed to hire an immigration lawyer). If the petition is successful, the refugee can stay and the co-signer gets his or her money back (since the state will have to take over the costs). If the petition is not successful, then the pledge money becomes a donation for a good cause.
– Daniel Leon