Interior minister

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An interior minister is the member of a country's government typically responsible for policing, national security, and immigration matters. In some countries, matters relating to the maintenance of law and order and the administration of justice are the responsibility of a separate justice minister.

In countries with a federal constitution, an interior minister will often be found at both the federal and state levels. Similarly, autonomous entities and dependent territories may also have interior ministers; an example is Hong Kong (a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China), which has a Secretary for Security.

The equivalent departments in the United States are the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department; before the former department was formed, it was solely the responsibility of Justice.

The United States Interior Department is primarily concerned with managing lands owned by the federal government, mainly the administration of natural resources such as parks and wildlife.

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Austria:

Federal Minister for the Interior

Azerbaijan:

Azerbaijan - Ministry of Internal Affairs

Canada:

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Canada) - immigration issues and enforcement
Minister of Justice (Canada) - includes the office of the Attorney General of Canada
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness - includes the RCMP, border control, Solicitor General's office

France:

Minister of the Interior and Regional Development
List of ministers

Germany:

Federal Minister of the Interior
List of ministers

Hong Kong:

Secretary for Security

Hungary:

Minister of the Municipalities and Regional Development (Hungary) (önkormányzati és területfejlesztési miniszter) since 9 June 2006

India:

Minister for Home Affairs

Italy:

Italian Minister of the Interior (Ministro degli Interni)

Japan

Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (since 2001)

Malaysia

Jabatan Perdana Menteri - Bahagian Keselamatan Negara (Prime Minister's Office - State Security Division)
Kementerian Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (Ministry of Homeland Security)
Kementerian Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri (Ministry of Home Affairs)

Pakistan:

Minister of the Interior (Wazir-e-Dakhila)

Romania:

Ministry of Administration and Interior

Russia:

List of Ministers of Interior of Imperial Russia
Minister for Internal Affairs

Singapore:

Minister for Home Affairs
Minister for the Interior and Defence

Serbia:

Minister of the Interior

Spain:

Minister of the Interior

Switzerland:

Head of the Federal Department of the Interior

United Kingdom:

Secretary of State for the Home Department (UK Wide/England and Wales)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)
Minister for Justice (Scotland)

United States:

Attorney General - includes the FBI, DEA, ATF and other federal law enforcement agencies, as well as federal prosecution and defense services in federal courts.
Secretary of Homeland Security - includes national security matters, immigration, and disaster preparedness or response agencies.

[edit] See also

es:Ministerio de Interior eo:Ministro pri internaj aferoj fi:Sisäministeri sv:Inrikesminister

Interior minister

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