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Asylum procedure

The stages of the asylum procedure

A number of stages need to be gone through from applying for asylum until the outcome of the asylum procedure. The individual steps will be explained here.

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Arrival centres

Arrival centres

The arrival centres are the central first point of call for asylum-seekers, and help ensure more effective cooperation between the authorities involved.

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Initial, follow-up and second applications

Initial, follow-up and second applications

The Federal Office distinguishes between three types of asylum application, namely the initial application, the follow-up application and the second application.

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Special procedures

Special procedures

Special procedures apply in the asylum proceedings to asylum applicants from safe countries of origin and those who enter the country by air.

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Unaccompanied minors

Unaccompanied minors

Unaccompanied minors are particularly vulnerable. Special rules therefore apply to them when they apply for asylum, as they do to processing the applications.

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Family asylum and family reunification

Family asylum and family reunification

Different regulations apply to family reunification within Germany (family asylum) and outside the country (family reunification).

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Decision-makers

Decision-makers

The job of the decision-makers is to examine asylum applications, which requires the acquisition of specific skills.

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Procedure management and quality assurance

Procedure management and quality assurance

Für einheitliche Ablaufprozesse sind fortlaufende Verfahrenssteuerung sowie ganzheitliche Qualitätssicherung erforderlich.

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The European context

The European context

Joint legal provisions and practical support measures have been developed in order to do better justice to the EU’s obligation to help those in need of protection.

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Resettlement - Humanitarian reception - Relocation

Resettlement – Humanitarian reception – Relocation

Various reception redistribution procedures exist for persons in need of protection who have fled their countries of origin because of humanitarian crises.

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Fraud Phone Calls!

The Federal Office has been informed that individuals are once more being threatened by anonymous callers. The callers claim to be employees of the Federal Office and threaten deportation unless a specific sum of money is paid. Please be aware that such calls are not made by the federal office. For your safety: Please try not to give or confirm any personal details when you receive such a call. Never pay money to blackmailers.

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