Current Admissions

1. Resettlement and normal asylum process in Germany

Most people seeking asylum in Germany enter by crossing land borders. In order to reach Germany, they almost always need to take on life-threatening journeys. In 2015, over 476,000 people applied for asylum in Germany. Annually only a very small number of people are admitted directly from the first country of refuge via the resettlement process.

2. New humanitarian admission for Syrian refugees

On January 11th, 2017, 153 Syrian refugees were admitted via a new humanitarian admission programme by the federal government. This humanitarian admission programme provides places for Syrians currently residing in Turkey. In certain individual cases, stateless people whose identities have been confirmed and who can prove that prior to living in Turkey they had lived in Syria can be selected for humanitarian admission. The basis for this programme is the reassignment of admission quotas from existing obligations in the area of relocation (redistribution of asylum seekers within the EU) that are now being repurposed for the admission of Syrian refugees from Turkey.

On 11 January 2017 153 Syrian refugees were admitted via a new humanitarian admission programme by the federal government. This humanitarian admission programme provides places for Syrians currently residing in Turkey. In justified individual cases stateless people whose identity has been clarified and who can prove that before living in Turkey they had lived in Syria can be selected for humanitarian admission. The background of this programme is the reassignment of admission quotas from existing obligations in the area of relocation (redistribution of asylum seekers within the EU) that are now being repurposed for the admission of Syrian refugees from Turkey.

Foto: UNHCR/ Gordon Welters

3. Current German resettlement Programme

As part of the European Resettlement Programme, in 2016 and 2017 Germany is admitting a total of 1600 vulnerable refugees from first refuge countries. Thus the programme benefits individuals living as refugees outside the European Union (EU) but have no prospects of integration in this country. In 2016 first of all 800 people will enter via this resettlement programme. According to the current admission directive of 4 April 2016, refugees who are currently resident in the countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan are eligible. Detailed information regarding the subjects of passport requirements and family reunification are outlined in the additional letter to the admission directive of the BMI (Federal Ministry of the Interior).

The individuals admitted will be selected in a complex process with the involvement of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The final decision on admission will be the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI). The implementation of the admission will be carried out by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Resulting from a resolution of the EU Council of Justice and Home Affairs of 20 July 2015from 2016 a total of around 22,000 people will admitted into the EU via resettlement.

In the table below you can obtain an overview of the resettlement admissions in 2015 and 2016. Under the following links information on the resettlement admissions that took place from Turkey and the humanitarian admissions currently taking place from Turkey as part of the EU-Turkey Statement and a report on the group admissions from Turkey already carried out is provided in German.

Arrivals 2015-2017 *

Latest ArrivalNumber of IndividualsFirst Country of RefugeNationalityResidence Permit
24.11.2015258EgyptEthiopia, Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda§ 23. 2
14.12.2015156SudanEthiopia, Eritrea, Syria§ 23. 2
TOTAL for 2015414
24.02.201624SudanEthiopia, Eritrea§ 23. 4
04.04.201632TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
11.04.20165TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
15.04.201617TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
19.05.2016103TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
16.06.2016135TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
27.06.20162TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
16.08.2016143TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
08.09.2016172TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
27.09.20165TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
13.10.2016152TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
10.11.2016170TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
30.11.2016155LebanonSyria§ 23. 4
01.12.2016113TurkeySyria§ 23. 4
TOTAL for 20161,228
12.01.2017153TurkeySyria§ 23. 2
23.02.2017182TurkeySyria§ 23. 2
16.03.2017181TurkeySyria§ 23. 2
20.04.2017180TurkeySyria§ 23. 2
09.05.2017250TurkeySyria§ 23. 2
23.05.201722LebanonSyria§ 23. 4
30.05.2017237TurkeySyria§ 23. 2
20.06.2017246TurkeySyria§ 23. 2
11.07.2017247TurkeySyria§ 23, 2
TOTAL for 20171.698

* This entry data only includes individuals who were processed through the Friedland border transit camp (GDL Friedland). Direct entry into municipalities is not included. Consequently, this data could differ from other representations.

4. Ongoing federal state admission programmes for Syrian refugees

Based on a decision of the Bundestag on June 2013, all federal states except Bavaria created their own state admission programmes for Syrian refugees. Many of these admission programmes are already completed. Admission programmes currently running exist in Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. Only Syrians who already have first or second degree relatives in Germany can enter via the federal state admission programmes. In addition, the relatives must provide for accommodation and living costs of the people entering. Interested individuals should directly inquire about the alien authorities responsible.

Deadlines for the federal state admission programmes currently running:

  • Thuringia state admission programme: extended until December 31st, 2018
  • Schleswig-Holstein state admission programme: extended until December 31st,2017
  • Hamburg state admission programme: extended until November 30th, 2017
  • Brandenburg state admission programme: extended until March 31st, 2017
  • Berlin state admission programme: extended until December 31st, 2017

5. Relocation within the Member States of the European Union

As part of the redistribution of asylum seekers in the EU (relocation), Germany has committed to admit over 27,000 individuals from Greece and Italy in order to share the responsibility. Reagrding the Eruopean Commission Germany has already admitted 2.030 individuals from Greece and 1.481 individuals from Italy (stae of play by 04.04.2017).

Further information in German on the selection process and the selection criteria for relocation as well as on the German admission procedure is provided here.

The EASO website (European Asylum Support Office) provides further information on admission of refugees via relocation and and an interactive map stating all relocation admissions by 16.05.2017.