BAMF - Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge - Tasks

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The authority

The Federal Office is the Centre of Excellence for Asylum, Migration and Integration in Germany. It is a federal authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. With its decentralised locations, including branch offices, arrival centres and decision-making centres, it is in direct contact with all players in refugee protection and integration work.

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The implementation of the asylum procedure

The Federal Office decides on asylum applications on the basis of the Asylum Act (Asylgesetz), of the Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz), as well as of European directives and regulations. The preconditions for granting international protection, the existence of political persecution as defined in the Basic Law (Grundgesetz), as well as bans on deportation, are examined within the asylum procedure.

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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.

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Promotion and coordination of integration

Obtaining a knowledge of German is particularly important for integration. The Federal Office provides the foundation for this with the integration courses. Vocational German language promotion directly builds on the integration course. The Federal Office is also responsible for implementing migration counselling and promoting integration projects, as well as for carrying out the reception and distribution procedure for Jewish immigrants from the successor states of the former Soviet Union.

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The Advice Centre on Radicalisation, which has been set up in the Federal Office, offers support, assistance and advice for individuals who notice Islamist-motivated radicalisation in their personal surroundings. The Prevention and Cooperation Clearing Centre improves the cooperation between the security authorities of the Federation and the Länder and the Muslim organisations by establishing a nationwide network of contact persons.

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Data collection

The Federal Office is the competent registration authority for the Central Register of Foreigners. This is one of the largest automated registers of the public administration in Germany, and is used by more than 6,000 partner authorities. The storage and transmission of personal data particularly support authorities which carry out tasks related to residence or asylum.

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Accompanying academic research

The Federal Office’s Research Centre carries out large numbers of research projects on topics related to migration, integration and asylum. Orientated towards the core tasks of the Federal Office, priority is given here to studying the impact of migration processes on society. The tasks carried out by the Research Centre are analysis, evaluation and policy advice.

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International tasks

Asylum and migration policy is now subject to European influences to a considerable degree, and the law on asylum is harmonised at European level. In order to manage legal migration and combat illegal migration, legal acts have been handed down at EU level. These and other fields of asylum and migration policy are also financially promoted and influenced by the EU through a variety of programmes.

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Additional Information

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Flyer: The Federal Office and its Tasks

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is the Centre of Excellence for Asylum, Migration and Integration in
Germany. This flyer gives a specific overview about the tasks of the Federal Office.

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