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Information for refugees

Here you will find information for refugees in several languages, as well as for people working with refugees.

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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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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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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.

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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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