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Resettlement and humanitarian reception

Resettlement

Resettlement is intended to make it possible to permanently receive refugees from third countries. Those concerned have no prospects of becoming integrated in their first state of refuge and are unable to return to their home countries. The "resettlement requirement" is determined by the UNHCR. Resettlement refugees receive a residence title in accordance with section 23 subs. 4 of the Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz), and do not have to go through the asylum procedure.

The selection criteria are as a rule:

  • preserving the integrity of the family unit
  • family or other ties to Germany which promote integration
  • the ability to become integrated (such as the level of schooling/vocational training received, work experience, knowledge of the language)
  • degree of vulnerability.

300 persons in need of protection were received per year in the pilot phase from 2012 to 2014. They were all proposed by the UNHCR. The resettlement quota for 2015 was increased to 500 people in agreement between the Federation and the Länder. The quota of 500 is counted in 2016/2017 against the European Commission’s resettlement programme (Agenda on Migration). The total quota for these two years is 1,600 persons seeking protection. This quota is currently being used for the 1:1 mechanism of the agreement between the EU and Turkey for the reception of Syrian refugees. An additional approx. 200 people are to be received from Lebanon.

Hervorhebung_Gesetzgebung: The legal basis

The legal basis for the resettlement procedure is formed by section 23 subs. 4 of the Residence Act.

The persons selected are initially given a time-limited residence permit. It can be extended in line with section 26 subs. 3 sentence 2 of the Residence Act. A settlement permit is to be issued after three years unless conditions are satisfied for withdrawal. The residence permit is subject to the proviso of restricting the place of residence if and as long as benefits are drawn in accordance with Books II or XII of the Social Code (SGB). The provisions contained in sections 27 et seqq. of the Residence Act apply with regard to family reunification.

Residence Act

Humanitarian reception

People can be received in Germany within the humanitarian reception procedure in accordance with section 23 subs. 2 of the Residence Act (AufenthG) who for instance have fled their countries of origin because of an acute crisis situation and rely on humanitarian assistance in the short term.

Hervorhebung_Gesetzgebung: The legal basis

The legal basis for the humanitarian reception procedure is formed by section 23 subs. 2 and 3 in conjunction with section 24 of the Residence Act. The Federal Office is responsible for the implementation of the reception and distribution procedure in accordance with section 75 No. 8 of the Residence Act.

The persons selected are initially given a time-limited residence permit. It can be extended subject to section 8 of the Residence Act. The residence permit is issued on proviso of restricting the place of residence if and as long as benefits are drawn in accordance with Books II or XII of the Social Code (SGB). The provisions contained in sections 27 et seqq. of the Residence Act apply with regard to family reunification.

Residence Act

Hervorhebung_Gesetzgebung: Background information

Humanitarian reception of Syrian refugees from 2013 to 2015

Expecting that all of Europe would assist in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Syria and its neighbouring states, the Federal Minister of the Interior decided on 20 March 2013, in agreement with the Ministers and Senators of the Interior of the Länder, to receive up to 5,000 particularly vulnerable Syrians in 2013 for the duration of the conflict. The relevant reception order was handed down on 30 May 2013 in agreement with the Federal Länder. As a follow-up to the Conference of Ministers of the Interior, the Federal Minister of the Interior increased the existing contingent from 4-6 December 2013 by another 5,000 people. The relevant reception order was handed down on 23 December 2013. The contingent was once more increased by order of 18 July 2014, this time by 10,000 persons in need of protection, to a total of 20,000 persons in need of protection. The procedure has now been completed.

Date 1 October 2016

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