People seeking asylum and protection

Data sharing to be improved

The central register of foreign nationals is to be further developed, in line with a decision now taken by the German government. The change is to improve the registration of people seeking asylum and protection, and data sharing, with a view to obtaining reliable information and ensuring uncomplicated access to data for all relevant authorities.

Server at a computer centre

Server at a computer centre: the draft legislation also aims to ensure the registration of all unaccompanied minors

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The law is to further digitalise administrative procedures. This will improve communication among all parties involved in procedures and accelerate the procedures. In future too, youth welfare offices, authorities responsible for citizenship and expellees, the German pensions authorities, the Federal Foreign Office and its representations outside Germany, as well as the Federal Office of Justice, are to be involved.

Gathering more data

Criminal checks are to be extended. In future the federal police will also be entitled to record people entering the country unlawfully even outside the 30-kilometre belt along the border. This is also important for security checks.

Better protection for minors

The draft legislation is intended to improve the registration of unaccompanied minors and the care available to them. The aim is to achieve comprehensive registration. In the past, the lack of registration has meant that when young people have vanished from youth assistance facilities it has often been impossible to ascertain whether they have been taken in by another facility, perhaps under a different name, or whether they have left the Federal Republic of Germany again.

In 2016 an initial data sharing enhancement law laid the foundations for early central registration of all those seeking asylum or protection, as well as foreign nationals entering Germany or staying in Germany unlawfully. At the same time, the data recorded were entered in the central register of foreign nationals.