Unaccompanied minor refugees in Germany

Can I apply for asylum if I am a minor?

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In Germany, you will be registered as an "unaccompanied minor refugee" (or "umF") when you are under 18 years old and have come to Germany without your family. This applies to you whether you got separated from your parents in your way to Germany or had to flee your country without your parents. Same is the case if you have become separated from your family after arriving in Germany.

What do I need to know?

What happens after my arrival?

Can I apply for asylum?

Can I be deported?

Can I go to school in Germany?

How can I find my family?

Can I bring my family to Germany?

What happens when I turn 18?

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Important

If you, as an unaccompanied minor refugee, do not want to apply for asylum, you will be granted a tolerated stay or "Duldung" until your 18th birthday. As soon as you are of age, this "Duldung" loses its validity. That is why it is crucial that you talk to a lawyer or counselling centre about your residence options before you turn 18.