What are the legal bases for the state Programmes?
According to Section 23 (I) of the Residence Act, the highest federal state authority may direct individuals from certain countries or groups to be determined are issued a residence permit for reasons of international law, humanitarian reasons, or for the protection of political interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. To maintain consistency throughout Germany, the directive requires the consent of the Federal Minister of the Interior.
Residence: Syrians entering Germany via a federal states’ admission programmes are given a one- or two-year residence permit under Section 23 (I) Residence Act.
Social security benefits: The individuals entering do not receive social security benefits with the exception of medical care in the event of illness. The relatives who have signed the declaration of commitment must provide for accommodation and living costs.
Work: revision of statute in 2019: The residence permit does not entitle the person to seek work. It can be allowed by order.
Place of residence: The residence permit includes restriction regarding the place of residence for the federal state or the administrative district in which the relatives live.
Family reunification: It is not possible for individuals who have entered via a state admission programme to apply for further family reunification.
Integration: The individuals are not entitled to an integration course. They can attend an integration course if there are spaces available and they cover the fees themselves.