- Target Audience
- AuthoritiesFirst responders or practitionersLocal community organisations/NGOs
- key themes association
- Local strategies/citiesRehabilitation
The Returnee Coordination in Berlin
The Returnee Coordination in Berlin is employed at the division of “Public Safety and Order – Strategic Control of the Fight against Islamist Terrorism, Deradicalisation and Prevention of Radicalisation” at the Senate Department for the Interior and Sport with the supervision of the police and fire brigade in Berlin.
Type of Organisation: Governmental institution
Seven German federal states are currently working on developing a strategy on how to re-integrate people who had left Germany in order to join Islamist groups, primarily the Islamic State in the Levantine.
In charge are the so called “Returnee Coordinators” funded by the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees and affiliated to either state departments or national security agencies. In 2019, the federal State of Berlin decided to employ its Coordinator at the Senate Department for the Interior and Sport.
The core task of the Coordinator is to create a multi-professional and interdisciplinary network in which various responsibilities are defined, case-related information is shared, and individual measures are taken.
This establishment of a multi-agency network, in addition to the already existing facilities, is set as a basis for a rapid action response in the event of a pending repatriation while insuring a well-structured support system with the aim of stabilising, re-socialising and eventually re-integrating returnees into the majority society.
The returnee network includes partners in the field of security, intelligence, employment, education, housing, social welfare, family, counselling, medical and psychological support.
Senate Department for the Interior and Sport,
Contact person: Samira Benz (Returnee Coordinator Department III – Public Safety and Order Strategic Control of the Fight against Islamist Terrorism, Deradicalisation and Prevention of Radicalization)
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