Those who are in Germany without registration or those have gone into hiding are considered as illegalised- the term often refers to people without paper or a residence permit.

These individuals are entitled to social benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefit Act. In practice, however, they usually cannot claim the benefit as they would be registered and in the risk of arrest, imprisonment and eventually deportation.


Taking into care means that the Youth Welfare Office will manage the accommodation and care of the child or adolescent in question.

Unaccompanied minor refugees (umF) are taken into care by the Youth Welfare Office upon their arrival in Germany, i.e. the Youth Welfare Office takes care of the accommodation and the further matters related to the child or young person. Underage refugees who are in Germany with their parents (or legal guardians) also have a right to be taken into care when necessary, for instance, in the event of violence in the family.


The integration course is a course where participants can learn German - and familiarized themselves with life in Germany.

The integration course aims to enable people who come to Germany to navigate independently in everyday life, find work and connect to the host community. It consists of two parts: the language course and the orientation course. The language course usually consists of 600 hours of lessons and ends with the B1 examination. It is followed by the orientation course, in which, among other things participants learn about the history, culture, society and legal system in Germany. The orientation course also ends with an exam. There are full-time and part-time courses. Learn more in our chapter Integration Course.