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Residence Allocation Act

Ascertaining and evaluating the impact of the Residence Allocation Act on ethnic German repatriates

On behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees studied the effects of the Residence Assignment Act (Wohnortzuweisungsgesetz) on ethnic German repatriates and on local communities.

Surveys in selected communities

Written surveys have been carried out on a random sample of ethnic German repatriates in selected communities as have expert interviews with local community representatives. Conclusions were drawn from the results of the analysis with regard to whether the impact of residence assignment (limiting their basic right to freedom of movement) on the ethnic German repatriates concerned is proportionate, given the local authorities’ aim of sharing the burden.
The second Act of 1996 to amend the Act on the establishment of a provisional place of residence for ethnic German repatriates bound all newly immigrated ethnic German repatriates to a place of residence that had been assigned to them for a specific period. Based on a ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court, the effects of the regulation had to be studied. The Residence Assignment Act, which contained a sunset clause valid until 31 December 2009, has now expired. The final report on the research study was published as Forschungsbericht, Band 3 (Research report, volume 3).

Date 18 January 2011

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