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Initial Distribution of Asylum-Seekers (EASY)

Asylum-seekers are first of all received in the closest reception facilities of the Federal Land in question. Such a facility may be responsible for temporary as well as longer-term accommodation.

Allocation to a specific reception facility is decided according to the current capacities. It also makes a difference in which branch office of the Federal Office or in which arrival centre the respective country of origin of the asylum-seeker is processed: The "competence according to country of origin" principle is applied. Depending on the country of origin, asylum-seekers can be accommodated in reception facilities for up to six months, or until their application is decided on. They can also be allocated to another facility during this period under certain circumstances, for instance for family reunification.

EASY - The quota system for fair distribution

The EASY quota system (Initial Distribution of Asylum-Seekers) is orientated in line with the "Königstein Key". The distribution quota is calculated on an annual basis by the Federation-Länder Commission, and determines what share of asylum-seekers are received by each Federal Land. This ensures suitable, fair distribution among the Federal Länder.

The distribution quotas for 2016 are as follows:

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania2,02906%
Lower Saxony9,32104%
North Rhine-Westphalia21,21010%
Date 1 October 2016

Additional Information

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Film: Information on the Asylum Procedure. Your rights and obligations.

The film entitled "Information on the Asylum Procedure. Your rights and obligations" is a visual addition to the written information which, by law, must be provided to anyone applying for asylum.

More: Film: Information on the Asylum Procedure. Your rights and obligations. …

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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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