General Info for Refugees

General Information for Refugees in Hamburg, Germany

General Information

From initial reception centres to German integration courses: here you'll find the most important information for refugees at a glance.

Refugees

Registration

After you’ve arrived in Hamburg, the initial reception centre (Ankunftszentrum Rahlstedt, Zentrale Erstaufnahme) at Bargkoppelweg 66a should be your first place to go. Your personal data will be recorded, and you will receive a temporary residence permit. Depending on several criteria, you will either be transferred to a temporary shelter in Hamburg or to a reception centre in a different Federal State within Germany.

Initial reception centres

The initial reception centre (Zentrale Erstaufnahme) at Bargkoppelweg 66a and several other locations around Hamburg provide temporary shelter and basic care for newly arrived refugees. See the city map for their locations and phone numbers. The centres are operated by the Ministry for Internal Affair and Sports. You may spend several months living at one of these reception centres while your asylum application is being processed by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

Apply for asylum

You can apply for asylum at the Aliens' Department (Zentrale Ausländerbehörde) at Amsinckstraße 30-34 in Hamburg, where your application will be handled by The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Applicants must appear in person, so that personal data, fingerprints and photographs can be recorded, to ensure that no previous application has been made in Germany or another EU-Member State. Children under the age of 14 do not need to have their fingerprints or photos taken.

You will be invited to an interview, in which you’ll have to give an account of your persecution. The interview forms the basis for the decision as to whether asylum can be granted. Interpreters will be available at the office to translate between you and the officers. It is of upmost importance that you fully understand the questions asked, so make sure you and your interpreter understand each other well.

There are many criteria that determine the outcome of your application, check out the BAMF website for more information. You’ll receive a temporary residence title for specific purposes while the asylum process is pending. The decision on the asylum application is delivered in writing.

German integration course

If your application has been, or is likely to be approved, you will have to participate in an integration course (Integrationskurs), where you’ll learn the German language and get lessons about German politics and history.

Health

You have the right to medical treatment whilst you are in Germany. All refugees are checked for contagious illnesses and potentially receive vaccination at the main reception centre at Bargkoppelweg 66a. Later the doctors at the other reception centres will help you. After your interview has been taken by the BAMF, you’ll receive a special German health insurance card, which allows you to choose a doctor yourself.

See below for a complete list of initial reception centres:

Name
Street
No.
Postcode
Quarter
Amalie Sieveking Krankenhaus
Richard-Remé-Haus
Wiesenkamp
10
22359
Volksdorf
Bargkoppelstieg
Bargkoppelstieg
10-1422145
Rahlstedt

Bargkoppelweg 66a

Bargkoppelweg
66a
22145
Rahlstedt

Fiersbarg 8

Fiersbarg
8
22397
Lemsahl-Mellingstedt

Harburger Poststraße

Harburger Poststraße

121079
Harburg
Kaltenkirchener Straße
(formerly GHotel)

Kaltenkirchener Straße

1-322769
Altona
Neuland 1Schlachthofstraße
20b
21079
Harburg
Oskar-Schlemmer-Straße
Oskar-Schlemmer-Straße
25-2622115
Billstedt
Papenreye 1a
Papenreye
1a
22453
Niendorf
Rahlstedter Grenzweg
Rahlstedter Grenzweg
16
22143
Rahlstedt
Schmiedekoppel
Schmiedekoppel
29-3022453
Niendorf

Vogt-Kölln-Straße

Vogt-Kölln-Straße

2822527
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