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The Asylum and Migration Information Centre

The Asylum and Migration Information Centre (IZAM) is the Federal Office’s central specialist information facility. The Information Centre compiles reliable, comprehensive and up-to-date information on migrants’ states of origin and transit, as well as on world refugee and migration movements and their causes. Literature and media reports are evaluated on the topics of integration, as well as on the law on asylum and residence, geography and human rights, in addition to sources for migration research.

The Information Centre is sub-divided into a library, documentation areas and the country analysis. A team of librarians, documentalists, lawyers, political scientists and other research assistants collects and processes the information.

The following range of activities is carried out with regard to the focal topics of asylum, migration, integration and returns:

  • documentation of the press, expert reports and official information in the proceedings in accordance with the Asylum Act, case-law related to the law on asylum and residence
  • analysis of the situation in the countries of origin and transit, as well as topical reports on current issues
  • Information Agency for internal and external enquiries

The IZAM makes its databases /information collections available via the MILo (Migrations-InfoLogistik) information system both to the staff of the Federal Office and to external users. The database of the Information Centre for Voluntary Return (ZIRF), which contains information on voluntary return and assisted returns, is integrated into MILo. MILo has more than 2,000 registered external users, including colleagues from more than 20 European countries. Anyone who is interested can also research in MILo via the Internet with a guest login.

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Wichtige Mitteilung


There have been several occasions very recently in which people have pretended to be employees of the Federal Office and asked for an interview at which they questioned asylum applicants intensively. This took place in some cases on the pretext that a second hearing was allegedly needed. Important: The Federal Office does not conduct home visits! These individuals do not work for the Federal Office. The Federal Office has therefore filed criminal charges. If something similar happens to you, or if you observe anything of this nature as a carer, please report this to your local police station.Interviewers from reputable survey institutes who are currently conducting interviews as part of research projects in which data are collected on a voluntary basis clearly state who they are working for. They also give the name of the survey institute and prove this by showing the appropriate documentation. This means that you can make enquiries should you have any doubts.

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