UNHCR welcomes the decision by the Conference of the Ministers of the Interior of the German federal states (Innenministerkonferenz) of 12 June 2014 to admit another 10,000 persons displaced in the context of the conflict in Syria (to Germany) under a Humanitarian Admission Programme.
To implement this decision, the Federal Ministry of the Interior on 18 July 2014 published an admission order. This order essentially envisages the following:
- Syrian nationals and their relatives who had to flee their homes due to the civil war in Syria may be admitted to Germany. Under certain circumstances, stateless individuals originating from Syria and their relatives may also be considered.
- It is a further requirement for the admission that the individuals concerned are currently residing in Syria, its neighbouring states, Egypt or Libya.
- Individuals, who have relatives in Germany that are willing to support them, shall be considered with priority.
The majority of the individuals to be admitted will be suggested to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees by the federal states (Bundesländer). UNHCR is not involved in this procedure, and hence, does not yet have reliable information on the different selection processes in the federal states available. In case you have queries regarding the inclusion of relatives into the admission programme, we recommend that you approach your local Aliens Authority (Ausländerbehörde) or Ministry of the Interior of the federal state you live in.
Additionally, UNHCR offices in the region concerned will propose a number of refugees for admission to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. UNHCR will primarily select these individuals according to humanitarian criteria on the basis of existing information. Therefore, an application for admission to the programme may in principle not be lodged with UNHCR.