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Freedom of movement monitoring

The freedom of movement monitor of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, which appears on a quarterly basis, reports on the latest developments concerning the immigration and emigration of Union citizens to and from Germany. In support of this task, appropriate evaluations are carried out from the Central Register of Foreigners (Ausländerzentralregister - AZR), which is operated at nationwide level.

Almost 90 % of new immigrants from the EU are of working age, i.e. between 15 and 64. It is however not possible to make any statements here concerning their participation in the labour market since the Register does not collect this kind of information in relation to Union citizens.

As well as simply providing an illustration broken down according to the individual EU nationalities, this freedom of movement monitoring particularly focuses on the latest developments in the immigration and emigration of foreign nationals

  • from the “EU 8 states” (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary), to which full freedom of movement has been applicable since 1 May 2011,
  • from the “EU 2 states” (Romania and Bulgaria) to which limited freedom of movement was applicable until 31 December 2013, as well as
  • from Croatia, which acceded to the EU as per 1 July 2013; workers from this country have enjoyed full freedom of movement since 1 July 2015, and
  • from the four Southern European EU States Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, which were particularly badly affected by the financial and economic crisis; workers from these countries have enjoyed full freedom of movement for a long time.
  • This report concludes with an overview of the number of EU nationals living in Germany.

The freedom of movement monitor is only available in German.

Date 8 July 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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