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Initial orientation for asylum seekers

Date 16 February 2016

A new guide helps asylum seekers arriving in Germany as well as volunteers assisting them. It offers them an initial orientation on how the asylum procedure in Germany operates. The flyer uses short texts and clear pictograms to demonstrate the most important stages that all asylum seekers absolutely must go through during the asylum procedure, from arrival through to completion of the procedure. It also provides an overview of the reception procedure for committed volunteers who can use the information when advising asylum seekers.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is therefore supporting the work in the waiting and registration centres, reception facilities and branch offices of the Federal Office. The flyer is available in a number of languages and will first of all be distributed in large circulation runs via the immigration authorities, the Federal Police as well as the initial reception facilities. Volunteers, associations and aid organisations can also use and distribute the guide as an orientation.

You can order up to 30 copies directly by putting them in your shopping cart. Should you wish to order larger quantities, please let us know the specific purpose for which you require them. Please e-mail the Federal Office’s publications office for this purpose (e-mail to:

If you wish to download or order the flyer, please follow the link in the right-hand column.

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Wichtige Mitteilung

BAMF-Präsident beim Schweizer Staatssekretär für Migration

Der Schweizer Staatssekretär für Migration (SEM) Mario Gattiker und BAMF-Präsident Dr. Hans-Eckhard Sommer betonten die Bedeutung einer engen Zusammenarbeit – insbesondere im Rahmen von GDISC (General Directors' Immigration Services Conference). "Auch, wenn in Staaten oftmals unterschiedliche Ausgangssituationen vorliegen, profitieren wir gegenseitig von unseren Erfahrungen", so Dr. Sommer zum gemeinsamen Dialog. Im Rahmen der Gespräche besichtigte er den Testbetrieb für beschleunigte Asylverfahren Zürich und das Bundesasylzentrum Juch.

Zwei Männer reichen sich die Hand.