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In Germany, politically persecuted persons are entitled to recognition as persons entitled to asylum (Art. 16a of the Basic Law) or as refugees within the meaning of the so-called Geneva Refugee Convention. Anyone who wants to exercise this right must undergo a recognition procedure.

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Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
If an asylum seeker reports to the border authority, it forwards him to the nearest initial reception centre. However, this does not apply if he has the conditions for refusing entry, for example because he is entering from a safe third country. If a foreigner first submits an asylum application in Germany, he will also first be referred to the nearest initial reception centre. The establishment and maintenance of initial reception facilities is the responsibility of the respective federal state. The initial reception centre checks whether an asylum procedure is being carried out in the federal state or whether a referral to another federal state is required for reasons of responsibility or capacity. Asylum seekers then apply for asylum. The application is usually made in person. Only in exceptional cases can it be done in writing. Data is compared with the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR). According to the Asylum Procedure Act, a residence permit is granted that grants a temporary right of residence to carry out the asylum procedure in the Federal Republic. The residence permit does not lead to a claim to be allowed to reside in a specific federal state or place. Subsequently, the legally prescribed, non-public hearing of the asylum seeker is carried out by an employee or an employee of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). The asylum seeker must appear in person and explain his reasons for persecution. After that, a decision will be made on the asylum application. The decision on the application for asylum shall be made in writing and shall contain a statement of reasons. It will be sent to the asylum seeker with instructions on how to appeal.

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