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  • Registering a newborn child at the registry office
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    Registering a newborn child at the registry office

    On average, between eight and twelve children are born in Tübingen every day. After the birth, it is important to register the newborn child at the registry office. To make the process easier for parents, they can hand in the necessary documents directly at the University Women's Hospital (registry office of the building management). The registration office forwards them to the registry office. At the registration office, parents also give...
  • Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag
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    Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag

    What is your opinion on an asylum procedure / a social consultation that is independent from the state? What is your position on state-organized sea rescue? And: How can the federal government support / simplify the willingness of many cities and federal states to accommodate refugees from camps with terrible living situations? These questions were posed to four Bundestag candidates by the Tübingen asylum center prior to the federal election...
  • Tips and help for everyday life in Germany
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    Tips and help for everyday life in Germany

    The brochure “Strengthening the consumer protection skills of refugees. A working aid in simple language” helps refugees to find their way in everyday German consumer life. The topics are briefly explained, followed by practical hints, tips and examples. The brochure also provides checklists, explanatory videos and overviews, often in several languages, e.g. Arabic. Questions on contracts, online shopping, reminders and debt collection agencies, labor and tenancy law, SCHUFA information, banks,...
  • Employment toleration for 30 months: The state government informs about the requirements
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    Employment toleration for 30 months: The state government informs about the requirements

    In the next few weeks, the state government of Baden-Württemberg will personally and actively inform approximately 10,000 people in a letter about the possibility of the “Beschäftigungsduldung”. These persons are “tolerated” and pursue employment. However, due to a negative asylum procedure, they are actually obliged to leave the country. When asked, Gunter Carra, deputy press spokesman of the Ministry of Justice and Migration Baden-Württemberg, told tünews INTERNATIONAL: “In this information...
  • Support for relatives in Afghanistan in the Tübingen asylum center
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    Support for relatives in Afghanistan in the Tübingen asylum center

    Because of the current threat situation, many people are worried about their relatives and friends in Afghanistan, who are still in the country. The Tübingen asylum center is offering consultation appointments and support: all data of the affected person in Afghanistan as well as a statement about the threat level, if possible with proof, is recorded in a form. The asylum center then sends this form to the Federal Foreign...
  • First study about „Russian-Germans”: well-integrated
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    First study about „Russian-Germans”: well-integrated

    Since the end of the 1980s, 2.7 million people from countries of the former Soviet Union have migrated to Germany. With about 3.5 million, they form the largest immigrant group today. However, little is known about their situation. The migrant researcher Jannis Panagiotidis (University of Osnabrück, University of Wien since 1/8/2021) has recently published the first comprehensive study about this population group, which he calls “post-soviet migrants”. Incidentally, the current...
  • Security measures on social media for people in Afghanistan
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    Security measures on social media for people in Afghanistan

    Facebook and Instagram allow people in Afghanistan to protect their accounts from getting spied on. Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy at Facebook, wrote this on Twitter on 19 August. People in Afghanistan could lock their accounts for other users with a single click. This means that only friends can see the photos or posts in a user’s timeline. In addition, the possibility to search the friend lists of other...
  • Bewilderment concerning the situation of the people in Afghanistan
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    Bewilderment concerning the situation of the people in Afghanistan

    What should we at tünews INTERNATIONAL write about the change of power in Afghanistan? We discussed this for hours in our editorial meeting. We heard about the bafflement of our colleagues whose family members have died in the almost five-decade-long war. Suddenly everything in vain? Of relatives who had previously worked as teachers or in administration. We wondered what future awaits them now? With Iran's interest in water resources and...
  • Current figures on training toleration
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    Current figures on training toleration

    Currently, 8,000 people are completing their training in Germany with a training toleration, compared to only 3,600 in 2019. These figures from the Federal Ministry of the Interior were announced by the "Mediendienst Integration". The vast majority of these trainees come from Afghanistan (around 2,000), as well as from Gambia, Iraq, Iran and Guinea. The increase, however, is at a very low level, as a total of more than 200,000...
  • More appointments for interviews at the Job Center
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    More appointments for interviews at the Job Center

    The Tübingen district Job Center at Schleifmühleweg 68 in Tübingen now has more rooms available for on-site personal interviews. However, appointments still have to be booked for these conversations. The Job Center can be reached at 07071 / 56520 or digitally. Those who have an appointment should report to the Service Point. This is a window counter outside the building. There, concerns such as identity checks, registration after absence and...
  • No deportations to Afghanistan for the moment
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    No deportations to Afghanistan for the moment

    The Taliban are taking more and more areas in Afghanistan. Therefore, the security situation has gotten worse and worse since the international troops withdrew. As a consequence, some countries, among them Germany, won’t deport any more people to Afghanistan for the moment. This was announced by a spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has changed his position because of the developments in Afghanistan. So...
  • Fictional Certificate
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    Fictional Certificate

    If you apply for a residence permit or a settlement permit in Germany, the foreigners’ office sometimes gives you a fictional certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung). This fictional certificate is issued by the immigration office if it has not yet decided on the person's application. With this fictional certificate, the person's stay in Germany is considered lawful and permitted. The period for which the foreigners’ office issues this certificate, is the period within...
  • Support for young people and their families
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    Support for young people and their families

    "DUNJA The support for young people and their relatives" is a project to support and promote families and children.The project offers holistic advice on questions, worries and problems that affect the family. Teenagers in the ages 11 to 18 are accompanied individually by the employees of the education provider BBQ Education and Vocational Qualification. In addition to advice, the range of support includes free learning support and leisure activities, such...
  • Experts call for “turbo naturalisation“
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    Experts call for “turbo naturalisation“

    Only 2.5 per cent of all persons who fulfil the necessary requirements actually naturalise in Germany and thus acquire German citizenship. This fact is lamented by the Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) in its current Annual Report 2021. The naturalisation rate in Germany is hereby significantly lower than in most other European countries. It is comparably low only in the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and Lithuania. The SVR...
  • Naturalisation now
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    Naturalisation now

    A new tünews magazine informs comprehensively on the topic of naturalization. More and more refugees from 2015 and 2016 now have the opportunity to apply for naturalization. The new edition “Geflohen und eingebürgert” provides information on how that works and what prerequisites are necessary. View the magazine here: https://tunewsinternational.com/14746-2/ tun21051101 Das tünews INTERNATIONAL Magazin zum Thema Einbürgerung in Deutschland. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL. Latest information on Corona: Click here
  • Strong at Work: funding for mothers with a migration background
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    Strong at Work: funding for mothers with a migration background

    The Federal Ministry for Families supports mothers with a migration background with its program “Strong at Work”. The program will run until mid-2022. The objective of the program is to support employable mothers individually on their way into employment. Among other things, women receive support in organizing childcare, getting degrees recognized, finding an internship, apprenticeship or job as well as qualification and training for certificate exams. There are about 90...
  • German Federal Armed Forces start withdrawal from Afghanistan
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    German Federal Armed Forces start withdrawal from Afghanistan

    German soldiers were stationed in Afghanistan for almost 20 years. The Federal Armed Forces have started the withdrawal on April 30th. “Our mission in Afghanistan is over,” explains the Ministry of Defense. Almost 1100 German soldiers were still in Afghanistan on April 30th – most of them in Mazar-i-Sharif, which is in the North of the country. Local employees of the Armed Forces which are being threatened are also supposed...
  • German ID cards for naturalized persons
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    German ID cards for naturalized persons

    Of the people who have fled to Germany since 2014, some now have German citizenship. If you have the naturalization certificate, you must apply for a German identity card or a German passport. The town hall / citizens' office of the place of residence is responsible for this. In addition to the naturalization certificate, the passport authorities there require an original translated and authenticated birth certificate. These can be issued...
  • Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking
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    Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking

    In the current issue of the international integration ranking, Germany is longer in the top ten. The “Migrant Integration Policy Index” (MIPEX) has measured the integration of migrants in 52 countries for the fifth time. Since 2007, an international research team has been studying how different countries support new migrants in being part of the society. Germany’s integration policy has become more restrictive. This is in part a reaction to...
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    Integration summit 2021 – the result

    During the 13th integration summit on March 9th – a digital event with 120 representatives from state and non-profit organizations – a new “national action plan” was decided. This plan is meant to help and improve the integration and everyday life of migrants. During the summit, chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that many migrants still deal with structural disadvantages: “We’re all Germany, that’s the aim.” Annette Widmann-Mauz, integration minister of...
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    Rumours about Germany

    Pregnant women have a better chance of getting asylum in Germany. Germany takes in 5000 migrants daily – these and many other rumours about migration to Germany and Europe can be found on the internet. This wrong information leads many people to flee to Germany and falsely hope for asylum in Europe. Often, these rumours are spread by traffickers, who want more profit. However, people should base their decision to...
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    Tolerated Stay for Working Professionals offers prospect for residence

    Under certain requirements, a Tolerated Stay for the purpose of work has been possible since January 1st, 2020. This offers longtime employees protection from deportation and prospects for a long-term residence. However, high requirements are tied to this. For example, the identity has to be confirmed and one has to have had a full-time and insured employment for at least 18 months. Furthermore, one has to have provided for their...
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    Naturalization tests offered again

    Women and men who want to get naturalized into Germany have to take a test. The Tübingen Volkshochschule is offering dates for this test again. There are three opportunities in March: on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. Until July, one test per month follows. The test takes a maximum of one hour. The naturalization test examines the knowledge of the legal and social order as well as the living conditions...
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    Refugees worldwide, in Europe and in Germany: the numbers for 2020

    According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, around 76 million people are fleeing worldwide. Out of these, around 46 million seek refuge in their own county, they are also called “internally displaced people. The currently biggest flight and migration movement is in Venezuela. At least three million people have left the country into neighboring ones. Around 95.000 refugees reached the borders of the European Union in 2020. Most of them...
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    Male refugees from Syria may file follow-up asylum applications

    In November, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that male refugees between the ages of 18 and 45 who are subjected to military service and come from Syria are entitled to refugee protection. This came about due to the high risk in Syria of forced participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity. Refusal of military service should, therefore, lead to refugee protection. Since many Syrian refugees have only...
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    New consultation for migrants in Mössingen

    The city of Mössingen has set up a new advice center: newcomers and migrants can contact Dilek Aydin with questions about language, education, work and leisure in Mössingen. She works in the integration department of the city administration. Consultation times at the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 44 are available on Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or by appointment. The consultation can take place in German, Turkish, English or in other languages with...
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    Consultation for migrants with a disability

    The life-help Tübingen (Lebenshilfe Tübingen), in cooperation with the city of Rottenburg, offers a consultation for children, youngsters and adults with a disability, as well as their relatives. “We are glad that we can offer help to migrants through the life-help consultation again,” says Wolfgang Jüngling, the refugee commissioner of Rottenburg. The consultation gives information about, but not limited to: coping in everyday life, financing of aids, conversations with the...
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    German border open for people seeking protection

    Due to the corona-pandemic, entry into Germany is limited. However, there are exceptions to the entry restrictions: Citizens of a country belonging to the European Union, as well as people from other states that have a long-term resident permit, are allowed to enter. There are also exceptions to the entry restrictions for those seeking protection: People who come to Germany for the purpose of joining their families are allowed entry,...
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    Naturalization in Germany 8: Students

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke to Matthias Regenbrecht on June 3rd, 2020. He is responsible for naturalizations in the district office in Tübingen. The interview was conducted by Fatima, among others, who works on the editorial staff of tünews INTERNATIONAL. She is still a student herself and asked about the subjects of minimum stay and language level: “Does the Realschule qualification...
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    Naturalization in Germany 7: Obligation to the Basic Law

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that applicants are committed to the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. For Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, the values ​​that the Basic Law defines as Germany's constitution are “an essential moment.” He gives examples of human dignity, protection of marriage and family, freedom of expression,...
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    Naturalization in Germany 6: Give up your previous citizenship

    If you want German citizenship, you need to meet several basic requirements. One of them is that most people need to give up their previous citizenship before naturalization can take place. This is emphasized by Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office. The legislator basically wants people to have only one citizenship. In general, only foreigners from member states of the European Union can retain...
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    Naturalization in Germany 3: Proof of identity

    If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is proving your identity with original documents. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the Tübingen district office, considers this provision, which has been in force for about a year, to be “a great evil”. In the past, he could have accepted the required proof of identity as a certified photocopy and thus in...
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    Naturalization in Germany 4: Crimes can prevent naturalization

    If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that no serious crimes for naturalization applicants are registered in the Federal Central Register. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, also always checks this basic requirement. The legislature initially set a penalty of 90 daily rates that naturalization applicants in the Federal Central Register must not exceed. That...
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    Naturalization in Germany 5: German test for immigrants

    If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of these is sufficient knowledge of the German language. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the district office in Tübingen, describes how naturalization applicants who have not completed school in Germany can prove their language level and take the naturalization test. The German test for immigrants must be taken at a certified educational institution, for...
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    Naturalization in Germany 11: “Tolerance stay” is not considered as residence time

    People who want German citizenship must meet several basic requirements. To do this, you must have been in Germany for 6, 7 or 8 years “legally and continuously”. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, explains that “tolerance stay” (Duldung) does not in principle count as time of stay. A “tolerated” person would actually have to leave Germany. They are only allowed to stay because,...
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    Naturalization in Germany 10: Economic capability

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that those who want to naturalize can make a living out of their own resources. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is also responsible for naturalizations at the district of Tübingen, specified that, for example, receiving social assistance can lead to the rejection of an application for naturalization. However, he sometimes has a degree of discretion. If, for...
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    Naturalization in Germany 9: Citizenship

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. This also applies to people who were born in Germany. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations at the Tübingen district office, explained that people in Germany acquire their citizenship through descent. Descent means that their ancestors must already have German citizenship. Germans must prove their lineage back to 1938. They use birth certificates or other certificates to show...
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    Advice on asylum law

    “Coffee to stay” is the name of a cooperation project between the Asylum Center and the Catholic parish in Tübingen, represented by City Deacon Bernward Hecke. Refugees can get help on migration law questions every Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sankt Johannes community center at Bachgasse 5. This is done by social workers with experience in the asylum procedures, students of the “Refugee Law Clinic” and...
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    Naturalization in Germany 2: Minimum stay required

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of the requirements is the time that naturalization applicants need to have lived in Germany. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the Tübingen district office, mentioned four different periods of stay in conversation with tünews INTERNATIONAL. The naturalization law initially uses a residence period of 8 years. Anyone who stays in Germany “legally and continuously” for...
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    Naturalization in Germany 1: Several basic requirements

    People who have fled to Germany since 2014 are now thinking of becoming German citizens. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke to Matthias Regenbrecht on June 3rd, 2020. Regenbrecht has been responsible for naturalizations at the district office in Tübingen for 15 years. In the studio of tünews INTERNATIONAL, he first gave an overview of the conditions imposed by the German Citizenship Act, which was last changed on November 20th, 2019. Regenbrecht mentioned...
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    Right to stay instead of deportation

    Having a “plan B”, an alternative plan in mind, is always a good idea. Due to the socalled “Ordered Return Law” (Geordnete-Rückkehr-Gesetz) passed in summer 2019, many people are in need of counselling, since the legal situation keeps changing almost every month. The Tübingen initiatives “move on – menschen.rechte tübingen e.V.“  (move on – human.rights Tübingen e.V.) and  “Fluchtpunkte e.V.” (Escape Points Tübingen e.V.) are supporting refugees with their new...
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    “The right to stay through work”

    Entrepreneurs from Baden-Württemberg demand that refugees with unsecured residence who are employed and well-integrated no longer be deported. The entrepreneurs spoke out to Interior Minister Thomas Strobl and protested against the deportation of well-integrated workers. “There should be no more bans on employment and short-notice deportations of asylum seekers integrated into work,” Markus Winter, one of the spokesmen for the entrepreneurs' initiative “Right to stay through work”, told the Schwäbische...
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    Education or work allowance: Urgent

    A new residence law has been enforced in Germany since January 2020. It affects allowance to engage in education or work. Anyone wishing to apply must provide proof of who he or she is and where he or she came from by Tuesday, June 30th. This is urgent. Afterward the due date the allowance can no longer be applied for. A birth certificate (with name, nationality, date of birth) and...
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    Accessibility of the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen

    Accessibility of the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen Due to the corona situation, there are currently no open office hours at the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen. Appointments can be made in urgent cases. The following accessibility applies to the individual offices and authorities:   Immigration office in the district office An appointment is to be made directly with the responsible clerk. The contact details can...
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    Corona: Who has to leave the country, but can’t

    The corona epidemic is also affecting people who were to stay in Germany for three months without a visa or with a limited "Schengen visa". It may be possible that these people are unable to leave the country because of the corona measures. In such cases, the local foreigner's office can extend the visa by up to six months due to humanitarian reasons or issue a tolerance permit. The Asylum...
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    Corona: Applications to the immigration office by post

    In Tübingen, almost all applications can now be submitted in writing to the local foreigner's office. This also applies to applications for employment or training permits. These must be sent to the foreigners' office by post. If the foreigners' office has approved an application, it will send the corresponding residence documents by post. Applications for redistribution and applications for change or cancellation of the residency must also be submitted in...
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    Corona: Easier applications for residency in Tübingen

    In Tübingen, almost all applications can now be submitted in writing to the local foreigners’ office. This means that you no longer have to come in person. According to information from the Asylum Centre in Tübingen, the office is currently extending toleration periods by six months and residence permits by twelve months. When a residence permit is applied for the first time, the application must be submitted in writing in...
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    Tübingen Foreigners Office: New regulations due to Corona

    Almost all applications to the local foreigner’s registration office can now be submitted in writing, so that no personal contact may be required. For clarification of unresolved questions, the staff members can be reached from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the number 204-2020. Asylum seekers can send applications for residence permits or tolerance permits (Duldung) per post to the local foreigner's registration office or by dropping them in the...
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    The way to permanent residence

    Future The way to permanent residence By Mohammed Kheer Hazeem and Feras Trayfi The tünews editors Mohammed Kheer Hazeem and Feras Trayfi talked to Thomas Steimle and Thorsten Lehmann from the foreigners authority in the Tübingen district administration office about this topic: What is a settlement permit? A settlement permit is a permanent residence permit for third-country nationals. Which conditions need to be fulfilled? The requirements depend on the individual...
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