Oracle helps bring speed and greater control to German refugee management

Federal Office of Migration and Refugees works with Oracle to handle twenty-fold increase in asylum applications.

MUNICH and NUREMBERG, Germany, May 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The increase in applications for asylum in Germany, boosted by the arrival of refugees escaping the humanitarian crisis in Syria, has seen the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF), Germany’s Federal Office of Migration and Refugees, work with Oracle to create a digital management system to quickly and effectively process crucial proof of arrival and application data.

The system, named ASYL Online, connects to the systems of other federal authorities such as the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Central Register of Foreign Nationals, ensuring consistency and guaranteeing all necessary bodies are working with the same up-to-date records, underpinned by secure biometric data.

ASYL Online was developed in record time with a focus on security, rapid data collection and data processing and seamless integration with existing systems to ensure a smooth and speedy implementation.

Frank-Jürgen Weise, head of the BAMF, said:

“Our old system was designed to process around 50,000 applications for asylum per year. We now need to process more than twenty times as many – more than one million applications. It was clear we needed a new, more efficient system which could be implemented in record time. We are now perfectly equipped. Over the course of the year, we will be able to gain a clear picture of who is in the country as a refugee, ensuring refugees get the rights they are entitled to while showing the public the process is under control and being run in an orderly manner.”

Frank Obermeier, vice president and country leader at Oracle Germany, said:

“The challenges in such a mammoth project lay in the complexity of the system, the tight time constraints and the strict demands. For tasks like this you need a very hard-working team and an agile platform. Working with our partners from BAMF, Oracle put everything we possibly could behind this important and very time-sensitive project.”

Work on the system began in November 2015 and it launched in January 2016. In just two months Oracle Consulting installed two computer centers in Nuremberg. The system runs on Oracle Exalogic and Exadata hardware. The project was sponsored by Thomas Kurian, Oracle President Product Development.

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