This website provides information in English. In some cases, resources are available in many other languages. For a comprehensive dossier, please visit our German language dossier on refugees
The dossier informs about:
The asylum procedure in Germany - explained in detail
One of the most important tasks of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is checking asylum applications. Its staff must assess whether an applicant for asylum is likely to be persecuted in his or her country of origin, and if this will threaten his or her life or freedom.
This brochure explains the individual aspects of the asylum process and provides statistical data. In addition to presenting our [...]
Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Asylum and refugee protection
Here you can find information on the law relating to asylum and the different kinds of protection for refugees.
Handbook Germany: information portal for migrants
Information for refugees who have newly arrived in Germany, covering aspects such as asylum seeking procedure, work permit, school and childcare, living and learning German. The website is hosted by Telekom AG and edited by volunteers.
Asylum act, immigration act in Germany
This article explains the terms asylum law, aliens act, immigration act and informs about the laws and regulations and fields of law that are relevant in this context. Another section deals with the question what is regulated by the asylum law. The information is offered by the professional association of law journalists.
Migration advice for adult immigrants
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is responsible for giving immigration advice to adult immigrants. It develops the relevant programmes and manages their practical implementation. The website offers a search option for advisory centres in specific regional areas.
Integration projects (by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees)
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees offers integration projects targeting social co-existence, for ethnic German resettlers and foreigners where immigrants and natives encounter one another. Immigrants of all ages can take part in the integration projects if they would like to live in Germany in the long term. Some projects focus on specific groups, e.g. women or Jewish immigrants.
Offers addressing [...]
Fresh start in Germany: information for asylum seekers
This website by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs informs about recognition of foreign qualifications and access to the labour market for asylum seekers in Germany. Additional information including a Health Guide in Arabic and other languages.
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales
Welcome Learning German for refugees
Refugees who want to learn German in Germany fast and for free can find a variety of language learning opportunities offered by the Goethe-Institut: self-learning courses, speaking exercises, videos and information on how to deal with public authorities in everyday life and in finding a job. All services work on smartphones and tablets. An interactive vocabulary trainer in 16 languages can be used without any [...]
Refugee Guide - Welcome to Germany
This guide offers first orientation to refugees arriving in Germany, it was financed and organised by volunteers to provide neutral information. Translated into many languages, e.g. English, Frrench, Arabic, Pashtu.
Health Guide for asylum seekers in Germany
This website is published by the Federal Ministry of Health, to guide asylum-seekers through healthcare provisions for refugees: topics range from a general introduction to the healthcare system and initial examinations to vouchers and e-cards, contagious diseases, vaccinations, special healthcare measures in place for pregnant women, children and adolescents.
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Gesundheit
The Basic Law in Germany (booklet, BAMF)
The Federal Office offers the new brochure to help immigrants and refugees understand just how vital the Basic Law that is the German Constitution is, and how it is lived out in everyday life using simple language.
Part of the Federal Offices concept of initial orientation and value communication, which is in the process of being implemented. Explanatory films are to be published.
Information on child benefit for refugees
Leaflets for download in different languages: Brief information on child benefit for those entitled to claim political asylum and recognised refugees; information on child benefit for unaccompanied underage children entitled to claim political asylum and recognised refugees. For example, the information is available in Arabic.
DJI Impulse Special English Edition 2014: Living and surviving- The problems faced by young refugees in Germany.
Impulse, the bulletin of the German Youth Institute, presents this English language publication to inform about the situation of young refugees in the German welfare system, against the background of current issues in asylum policy, childrens rights, child and youth welfare. Germany is among the most popular countries for immigrants. Topics include a dossier that sheds light on the reality of young refugees [...]
Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees
For more than ten years the Federal Association for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees (Bundesfachverband Unbegleitete Minderjährige Flüchtlinge, in short: B-UMF) has been working towards the improvement of the legal situation of minors, who come to Germany without the support of a guardian. We work to ensure standards of protection in line with international norms and best practices. The Federal Association (B-UMF) [...]
How can our child learn 2 languages, German language and our own language?
The State Institute of Early Childhood Research offers three information leaflets for parents in different languages, including one on language learning.
Fact sheet: multilingualism in the family
The competence centre for child daycare institutions in Saxony offers information for parents and staff to support children from non-German families. The fact sheet on multilingualism is available in 15 languages and gives first advice, it is accessible for download and can be handed out to parents.
Separated Children in Europe Programme: Statement of good practice
The Separated Children in Europe Programme aims to realise the rights and best interests of separated children who have come to, or through Europe, by establishing a shared policy and commitment to best practice at national and European levels. As part of this process the programme has an ongoing commitment to developing partnerships with organisations working with separated children in European countries. The [...]
Welcome to Germany! A Guide for Unaccompanied Minor Refugees
In this booklet young refugees will find important information about their first months in Germany. With which authorities and organisation do you deal with? What happens during your first months? Who takes care of you? And above all: Which rights do you have? You'll find answers to these questions and many more in the new booklet.
Different language versions are available, including an Arabic [...]
The principles of elementary education (Brandenburg)
This online information for parents is one of three handouts that are available in eight languages, including Arabic. All material is accessible on the website of the ministry for education, youth, and sport in the state of Brandenburg.
Dokument von: Ministerium für Bildung, Jugend und Sport des Landes Brandenburg
Study in Germany: Information for Refugees
The website "Study in Germany" published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides information about programmes for refugees.
Work, employment, qualifications
Refugees at German universities - -challenges and opportunities (Alumniportal Deutschland)
Alumniportal Deutschland provides information on Refugees at German universities, e.g. enrolment for asylum seekers with no proper documentation of their prior studies, funding opportunities.
German Higher Education Rectors Conference: Study for refugees
More and more people are fleeing from war, violence and political persecution in their home countries and coming to Germany. Among the refugees are many who gained a higher education entrance qualification in their home country or who started their studies or completed them. How can higher education institutions support refugees who want to study in Germany? You will find information about university admission, [...]
Work and Career - Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Information about finding work in Germany, permission to work for foreign citizens,, recognition of qualifications, integration measures.
Refugees gain considerable support from German universities, study suggests
The article reports on a survey by the Higher Education Rectors Conference in Germany, indicating that a series of support measures are available to refugees, e.g. psycho-social, legal counselling and financial assistance
Access to thte labour market in Germany for refugees
This information is provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, to inform about access to the labour market. Access to employment depends on residence status (residence permit, permission to reside).
Professional recognition for refugees
Refugees may find it important to gain recognition of the professional or vocational qualifications they hold in order to gain entry to the German labour market. In some cases, recognition is a mandatory prerequisite to work in certain professions. Recognition in Germany has collated the relevant information and services relating to how such professional recognition can be obtained. Alongside German, the [...]
Science4refugees initiative to match asylum seekers with academia
The European Commission has launched the Science4Refugees initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs that both improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in Europe's research system. Science4Refugees matches talented refugees and asylum seekers who have a scientific background with positions in universities and research institutions that are [...]