German minister proposed the idea of storing data of refugees


Horst Seehofer, Germany's interior minister has proposed that all data related to internationals who remain in the country be entered into the Central Register of Foreign Nationals, which would include data from all people from all countries.

According to, the registry will also contain scanned IDs, asylum rulings, and other related documentation received by internationals residing in Germany.

“Speeds up the asylum procedures and protects of misuse and identity deceit,” said Minister Seehofer (Federal Minister of the Interior of Germany)

The German government passed a bill from the On February 24, 2021, Germany (Federal Ministry Of interior) announced that perhaps the Central Registry of Foreign Citizens will have access to relevant data from to the federal govt. as well as federal district and communities.

That being said, opponents believe that such a concept is insufficient, claiming that the device could lead to inappropriate data use.

Central Register of Foreign Nationals also known as (AZR). The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees manages data from immigrants that have recently settled in Germany along with those who are already staying there.

Even though some content, such as fingerprints from asylum applicants are currently preserved at AZR, the bulk of the data is kept by one of the country's 600 local foreign offices.

Legislators agree that centralizing the data will make it easier for foreigners to avoid having to provide their information to multiple agencies.

It will also reduce the time and effort that is required to provide details at the regional internationals department while planning to relocate to another district.

In a study released in September, the German Federal Stats Office stated that one of AZR's issues is that data is not that updated, emphasizing that the register is outdated.

According to the paper, such an estimate was given by According to the survey, such assessment was apparent in the most recent systematic data that needs to be updated on the registry in 2004 and also on the census in 2011, with foreign departures being assumed to be taken for granted.

“Already now, the foreigners’ offices don’t manage to keep their data in the AZR up to date. How will things unfold when even more data is saved there?” said Ulla Jelpke (Member of German Bundestag).

Following The covid-19 outbreak, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs announced that on March 1 there were over 30k visas that were issued to skilled worker from other countries the duration was from March 1 to December 31, 2020, marking it Germany's first most successful Skilled Workers Immigration Act.