In the traditional world, becoming a ‘baby daddy’ comes as a surprise after a night of passionate romancing, but for some men in Germany, a new spin on the idea involves a payout, no responsibilities and no embarrassing morning after awkwardness. Migrant woman who fled their home country for safety have started to pay men upwards of €5,000 ($5,628) to legally claim fatherhood to their children, ensuring them a permanent home in Germany. It has largely gone unnoticed but the government is about to step in to put an end to the growing problem.
German broadcaster RBB recently unmasked the shocking numbers behind the scheme, which in Berlin alone has amounted to over 700 cases, and the results have prompted authorities to put into place a more rigorous screening process to catch these “partnerships”, and impose stricter penalties by declaring the act a civil offense.
Plans are also underway to investigate already filed cases of claimed paternity that might raise a new red flag and will nullify the claim and the child’s new German citizenship.