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The decision-makers at the Federal Office are part of the general, non-technical administrative service.
Their task, namely to examine asylum applications, comprises both the important personal interview, as well as the subsequent decision on the asylum applications. The technical prerequisites for performing this task include both comprehensive knowledge of the law on asylum and on immigration, as well as detailed knowledge of the political situation in the applicants’ countries of origin. Furthermore, certain soft skills such as a mastery of customary interview techniques, culturally-sensitive empathy and intercultural skills, are included in the fundamental prerequisites for deployment as a decision-maker.

Qualifications and technical prerequisites

A contemporary basic and further training concept is deployed in the Federal Office’s Centre for Qualification. Staff are comprehensively trained by experienced teachers and prepared for the asylum procedure. Once the fundamentals of the law on asylum and interviewing and questioning techniques have been imparted, new decision-makers are trained in real-life situations. Because the asylum procedure in Germany is subject to constant change, including as a result of constant changes in policy, both the new colleagues and experienced staff members are obliged to attend regular training. This is also where the "specially-commissioned case-officers" are trained.

Specially-commissioned case-officers

Specially-commissioned case-officers are specially-trained decision-makers for interview procedures among particularly vulnerable groups of individuals. These include unaccompanied minors, victims of torture, victims of trauma and persons persecuted because of their gender, as well as victims of trafficking in human beings. The specially-commissioned case-officers are at the disposal of their superiors and colleagues as contacts over and above their own tasks in processing applications.

Hervorhebung_Gesetzgebung: The legal basis

Statutory preconditions for working as a decision-maker

European law stipulates both fundamental procedural guarantees for asylum-seekers and some of the requirements to be met by those working in asylum authorities dealing with examining asylum applications. The Federal Office meets the requisite requirements.

Procedures Directive 2013/32/EU

Date 1 October 2016

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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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