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Brochure on the Basic Law

What is the significance of gender equality in Germany? How far does freedom of speech and freedom of the press go? What obligations apply to everyone? The brochure "The Basic Law - Cornerstone of our society" provides answers based on examples from everyday life to these and other questions. The brochure explains in straightforward language the significance of the Basic Law and how it applies to everyday life in Germany. The aim of the brochure is to help you in adjusting to life in Germany.

It is rounded off by reports by men and women, some of whom have immigrated to Germany themselves, who relate what they personally associate with the Basic Law and its contents. Various info boxes additionally provide references to further information and key contacts.

The publication is available in Germany, Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Kurdish, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. You can download it or order it free of charge from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (see link in right-hand column).

Date 22 August 2017

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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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