How do reallocation requests work? Is it possible to speed up the reallocation procedure if the applicant is in danger? Is it possible to influence the decision on where to reallocate an affected woman?

An allocation request (directly following the ob-ligation to reside in a reception centre) or a re-allocation request (i.e. a subsequent change of allocation within or outside the federal state) is filed so that a woman is granted permission to relocate to a particular place. In doing so, the domestic community of family members or “other equally important humanitarian reasons” shall be taken into account.

The person concerned herself (and possibly with the help of supporters) can at any time urge for fast-track processing of a reallocation request – in the case of experiences of violence, the request will be well-substantiated. There is no general legal or administrative provision stating that certain requests will undergo fast-track processing. As a general principle, if authorities remain inactive for at least three months, it is possible to take action against failure to act at the administrative court. In social lawsuits, however, there must be a period of inactivity of six months prior to filing a complaint.

It follows from the wording of the legal regulation that the internal distribution of a fe-deral state takes precedence over cross-border distribution and that this shall be taken into account, especially in cases of reallocation requests due to humanitarian reasons. That Foreigners Office which is responsible for a particular place of arrival takes care of processing the requests.

Whether and to which extent the request will and can be granted according to the location of choice thus depends on which humanitarian reasons exist and will be claimed for the particular location. In this context, it is important, for example, to put forward that the woman will receive the support she needs at the location of choice, that supportive relatives live there or that there is a vacancy in a women’s shelter. In general, the requirements for substantiating a reallocation request are relatively high; however, in the case of women affected by violence, they can substantiated by taking the abovementioned aspects into account.

Expressing a general desire to live in a particular place is usually not enough.