Later resettlement to Germany from the post-soviet countries began in 1993. Until the mid-1990s, the largest outflow of Germans and their descendants from the former Soviet Union was recorded. Each year, Germany welcomed about 200,000 people whose ancestors faced repression, forced displacement and national prejudice.
Until 2009 the repatriates were obliged to live on the territory allocated to them by quota for 3 years. The restrictions have now been loosened: if a resettler finds a job in another district, he or she may change his or her place of residence.
Since 2013, the law governing later resettlement in Germany has been amended so as to ease the restrictions:
- there is no need from now on to prove that the origins of German culture were derived from the family;
- the documents do not have to include German ethnicity;
- family members of the repatriate can obtain retrospective approval.
As a result, the number of resettlers has increased again and reaches 5-7 thousand people per year. Since 2014, the unstable political situation in Ukraine and the Crimea has been accelerating late resettlement to Germany from these regions.
In addition, it is possible to reconsider the case if it has already been rejected. This gives ethnic Germans a chance to try their luck in their ancestral homeland again.