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International mobility has greatly increased in recent years. This trend has also had an impact on immigration to Germany. Many people have come to Germany from outside the EU to join family members, while others hope to find work or start a business here, and young people come to Germany to study or train for an occupation. more: Immigration …

Law on foreigners

The Residence Act (AufenthG) governs the entry, residence, employment and termination of the residence of foreigners. In this way, it serves to control and limit the influx of foreigners into the Federal Republic of Germany. more: Law on foreigners …

Asylum and refugee protection

"Persons persecuted on political grounds shall have the right of asylum", according to Article 16a of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany, the 1949 Basic Law. Asylum law thus has a special priority in Germany. more: Asylum and refugee protection …


Promoting the integration of foreigners permanently living in Germany is one of the most important tasks of home affairs policy. more: Integration …

Obligation to choose one citizenship

New rules on the obligation to choose one citizenship went into effect on 20 December 2014. more: Obligation to choose one citizenship …


With its updated nationality law, Germany wants to encourage foreigners living here to become naturalized citizens. more: Naturalization …

Illegal migration

Germany actively combats illegal entry and residence. This effort is closely related to the fight against illegal employment, as the hope of illegal employment increases the incentive to enter the country illegally. more: Illegal migration …

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