On this page you will find information for deaf and hearing impaired people in International Sign Language (IS). The following films explain how to navigate through the website and give an overview of the tasks of the information portal on voluntary return and reintegration.

The Information Portal and its purpose

Declaration on accessibility

This declaration on accessibility applies to the website www.ReturningfromGermany.de.

Status of agreement with the requirements The requirements for barrier-free access result from Paragraph 3(1) to (4) and Paragraph 4 of the Accessible Information Technology Ordinance, which was issued on the basis of Section 12d of the Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities Act (BGG).

The accessibility of this website was assessed by an external service provider, adesso mobile solutions GmbH, which is not involved in the design and development process. The assessment is based on the requirements of the Accessible Information Technology Ordinance 2.0 and the success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 from EN 301 549 Annex A, Table A.1.

Based on the assessment, the website is not compatible with the aforementioned requirements.

The contents listed below are not accessible for the following reasons:

  1. On all pages of the website, the following test steps are not compatible with the standard:
    a. Graphics in control elements such as the logo do not contain any alternative text.
    b. Graphics without an informative function, such as the language symbol, are not marked.
    c. Headings, for example in the footer, are not consistently marked in HTML.
    d. The cookie settings are not consistently structured with HTML elements.
    e. Label elements for using a screen reader are not always available, for example in the search field in the header.
    f. The cookie settings are not hidden from the screen reader and distort the order of the content.
    g. The contrasts of the website, for example in the headings, are not sufficient for all users.
    h. The contrasts of individual information-bearing graphics and operating elements are not sufficient for all users, for example for the input field in the heading.
    i. Keyboard-only operation of the website is, for example, not possible in the footer.
    j. Demarcated areas are not sufficiently marked with jump links in HTML.
    k. The sub-pages are not additionally accessible using the search function.
    l. There is insufficient separation of the keyboard focus from the background.
    m. Content in other languages is not marked accordingly in HMTL.
    n. Selection of a new language results in unexpected context changes.
    o. Navigation within the website is not consistent.
    p. The names of the navigation elements are not always standardized, for example in the “Programmes” section.
    q. Form fields like the search field are not always labeled.
    r. There are errors in the HTML syntax.
    s. The opening of the menu is not set as an HTML value and is therefore not visible to screen readers.
    t. Body text on the website does not respond to font size settings.

  2. On individual pages of the website, the following test steps are not compatible with the standard:
    a. Some graphics, such as PDF graphics on the country pages, do not have alternative texts.
    b. There is no media alternative available for the video file on the ERRIN page.
    c. HTML structure elements for lists and quotations were used for other elements.
    d. Information in pop-ups are not readable.
    e. The displayed information about the counselling centres shows obstacles in terms of usability; for example, closing by pressing the ESC key is not possible.
    f. Status information is only partially communicated via colors.
    g. When enlarged, pop-ups are no longer visible on the country information page.
    h. Animations cannot be stopped by users.
    i. Some document titles have no relation to the page title, for example during registration.
    j. The focus setting when reloading new content is inconclusive.
    k. The target format in the “Download” section is not displayed in link text.
    l. Some headings have no associated content, for example on the ERRIN programme page.
    m. Several error management systems are used at the same time. The login and registration page for the login area are not designed to be barrier-free in accordance with Section 12a(5) BGG, as no services essential to the public or services specifically designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities are offered. Existing barriers, where applicable, will be addressed in the following months until the end of 2022.

This declaration was created on 02 December 2021 and last updated on 13 December 2021.

Feedback and contact
Would you like to tell us about existing barriers or request information on implementing accessibility? For your feedback and any further information, please feel free to contact us at the following link: Report barriers

Arbitration procedure
People with disabilities can contact the BGG arbitration board:

Arbitration board under the Disability Equality Act at the Federal Government Commissioner for the Issues of People with Disabilities
Mauerstraße 53
10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 18 527 2805
Email: info@schlichtungsstelle-bgg.de