Reunited family at the airport
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The GRC Tracing Service reunites people

The GRC Tracing Service advises and supports people who want to live reunited with their family members across national borders. One of the main areas of focus here is providing advice on the legal requirements for family reunification of and to refugees under the Residence Act (AufenthG).


The GRC Tracing Service also advises relatives on ways of reuniting family members who are staying in European member states where the so-called Dublin III Regulation applies, within the framework of the asylum procedure under the Dublin III Regulation.

In addition, the GRC Tracing Service helps to solve practical issues related to family reunification by cooperating with the International Tracing Service Network of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as with other humanitarian organisations.

A further task is to advise potential ethnic German repatriates and their relatives on all questions and requirements related to the admission procedure under the Federal Expellees Act (BVFG).

Family reunited - women embrace each other

Family reunification and counselling

Help from the GRC Tracing Service

  • GRC Tracing Service - Tracing (Flower-Postcard)


    The GRC Tracing Service clarifies the fates of missing persons from the Second World War and searches worldwide for people who have been separated from their relatives as a result of current armed conflicts and disasters.
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  •  Man makes a phone call with help of the GRC Tracing Service


    The GRC Tracing Service enables the exchange of messages between relatives who have lost contact to each other and cannot communicate using conventional means.
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  • German Red Cross helper

    Further tasks

    Other tasks of the GRC Tracing Service include the National Information Bureau.
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