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Dropout Programme for Left-wing Extremists

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The dropout programme for left-wing extremists run by the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) is a contribution to the Federal Government's action catalogue against all forms of extremism and violence and in favour of more tolerance and democracy. Thus, it is part of the comprehensive approach to dealing with all phenomena in the field of extremism. The programme is aimed at people who have decided to extract themselves from the sphere of influence of left-wing extremist structures, i.e. to opt out, but who are not able to do so on their own.

By offering the dropout programme, the BfV seeks to motivate people to turn their back on the left-wing extremist scene, to strengthen their determination and to support them when taking further steps to leave the left-wing extremist, in particular violence-prone milieu. The phone number 0221 / 792-6600 is available 24 hours a day so that anybody who wants to opt out can contact the BfV officials working for the dropout programme. It is also possible to contact them via email using the following address: aussteiger@bfv.bund.de.

Anybody contacting the BfV dropout programme is guaranteed absolute confidentiality.

After the first conversation, which is only meant to establish contact between the dropout candidate and the BfV, a follow-up contact will be arranged. This will involve a personal meeting between the caller and specially trained BfV officials, the latter having convinced themselves of the seriousness of the caller's intent.

The dropout programme offers those seeking help individual assistance in various forms, based on the principle of "Helping People Help Themselves". This requires the potential dropout's willingness to actually quit the left-wing extremist scene aided by the programme. Possible support always depends on the individual case. The BfV's measures pursued in co-operation with state and non-state agencies offering assistance throughout Germany, may include:

  • help finding a job or accommodation,

  • arrangement of opportunities for further education or job training,

  • advice and help in getting into contact with judicial authorities, other offices as well as with employers,

  • help, when external offers of assistance are needed, for example in case of alcohol and drug problems or debts.

In addition, the dropout programme offers advice to families and friends of members of the left-wing extremist scene.

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Anti-terrorist Hotline: +49(0)221/ 792-3366

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Publications

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2017 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: Juli 2018
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How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

How can I identify extremists and members of foreign secret services within my environment? - Important information for refugees in Germany

DOI: März 2018
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2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

2016 Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution (Facts and Trends)

DOI: Juli 2017
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DOI: Januar 2017
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DOI: Januar 2017
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DOI: März 2016
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