Interior ministry


Interior ministry

An interior ministry (sometimes ministry of home affairs) is a government ministry typically responsible for policing, national security, and immigration matters. The ministry is often headed by a minister of the interior or minister of home affairs. In some countries, matters relating to the maintenance of law and order and the administration of justice are the responsibility of a separate justice ministry.

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.

In certain jurisdictions, similarly named government departments may have other responsibilities. In the United States, the Department of the Interior has radically different functions—primarily the management and conservation of land owned by the federal government, and programs and policies dealing with indigenous peoples of the U.S. The functions that fall under what most other countries call an "interior ministry" are under other government departments—mostly the Department of Homeland Security, with some others falling under the Department of Justice.

In Hong Kong, the Secretary for Home Affairs is responsible for matters relating to communities, culture, sports and local governance. Policing and related matters are the responsibilities of the Secretary for Security.

In Japan, law enforcement is decentralised with the National Public Safety Commission coordinating between the National Police Agency and the government through its Chairman who is a cabinet member. National security and immigration matters fall under the Ministry of Justice, whilst the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications handles the administrative system, local government and communication matters.

List of interior ministries

Country Ministry Head
Afghanistan Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Minister of Interior
Albania Albania Ministry of Interior Affairs Minister of Interior
Argentina Argentina Ministry of the Interior Minister of Interior
Australia Australia Minister for Home Affairs
Austria Austria Federal Ministry for the Interior Federal Minister for the Interior
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Ministry of Internal Affairs Minister of Internal Affairs
 Bahamas Ministry of National Security
Ministry of Immigration
Minister of National Security
Minister of Immigration
Bahrain Bahrain Ministry of the Interior Minister of Interior
Bangladesh Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs Minister of Home Affairs
 Belgium FPS Interior Belgium Federal Minister of the Interior
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Ministry of Internal Affiars Minister of Internal Affairs
Cambodia Cambodia Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
Canada Canada Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister of Public Safety
 People's Republic of China Ministry of Public Security
Ministry of Supervision
Minister of Public Security
Minister of Supervision
Chile Chile Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
Croatia Croatia Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
Cyprus Cyprus Ministry of Interior Minister of Interior
Czech Republic Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
Denmark Denmark Ministry for the Interior and Health Minister for the Interior and Health
Djibouti Djibouti Minister of Interior and Decentralization
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Ministry of Interior and Police Minister of Interior and Police
Egypt Egypt Ministry of Interior Minister of Interior
Estonia Estonia Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
European Union European Union DG Home Affairs Commissioner for Home Affairs
Finland Finland Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
France France Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories
Georgia (country) Georgia Ministry of Internal Affairs Minister of Internal Affairs
Germany Germany
Bavaria Bavaria
Federal Ministry of the Interior
Bavarian Ministry of the Interior
Federal Minister of the Interior
Bavarian Minister of the Interior
Greece Greece Minister for the Interior and Public Order
Hong Kong Hong Kong Secretary for Security
Hungary Hungary Ministry of Interior Minister of the Interior
Iceland Iceland Ministry of The Interior Minister of the Interior
India India Ministry of Home Affairs Union Minister of Home Affairs
Indonesia Indonesia Ministry of Home Affairs Minister of Home Affairs

In Indonesia, Police is not under the MHA. Police is a separate institution under the President of Indonesia

Iran Iran Ministry of Interior Minister of Interior
Israel Israel Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Justice
Minister of Interior
Minister of Justice
Iraq Iraq Ministry of Interior Minister of Interior
Isle of Man Isle of Man Department of Home Affairs Minister of Home Affairs
Italy Italy Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
Japan Japan National Public Safety Commission
Ministry of Justice
Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
Minister of Justice
Kenya Kenya Ministry for Internal Security and Provincial Administration Minister for Internal Security and Provincial Administration
Republic of Kosovo Kosovo Ministry of Interior Minister of Interior
Lebanon Lebanon Ministry of Interior and Municipalities Minister of Interior and Municipalities
Macau Macau Secretariat for Security Secretary for Security
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Ministry of Interior Affairs Minister of Interior
Malaysia Malaysia Ministry of Home Affairs Minister of Home Affairs
Mauritania Mauritania Ministry of the Interior
Mauritius Mauritius Ministry of Home Affairs Prime Minister's Office
Mexico Mexico Secretariat of the Interior Secretary of the Interior
Moldova Moldova Ministry of Internal Affairs Minister of Internal Affairs
Mongolia Mongolia Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs
Montenegro Montenegro Ministry of Interior Affairs and Public Administration Minister of Internal Affairs and Public Administration
Morocco Morocco Minister of Interior Minister of Interior
Mozambique Mozambique Interior Ministry Minister of Interior
Netherlands Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
New Zealand New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs Minister of Internal Affairs
Pakistan Pakistan Ministry of Interior Interior Minister
Peru Peru Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
 Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government Interior Secretary or DILG Secretary
 Poland Ministry of Interior and Administration of the Republic of Poland
Portugal Portugal Ministry of Internal Administration Minister of Internal Administration
Romania Romania Ministry of Administration and Interior Minister of Administration and Interior
Russia Russia Ministry of Internal Affairs Minister of Internal Affair
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior Minister of Interior
Senegal Senegal Minister of the Interior
Serbia Serbia Ministry of Internal Affiars Minister of Internal Affairs
Slovenia Slovenia Ministry of Internal Affairs
Singapore Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs Minister for Home Affairs
Slovakia Slovakia Minister of Interior
South Africa South Africa Department of Home Affairs Minister of Home Affairs
South Korea South Korea Ministry of Public Administration and Security (South Korea) Minister of Public Administration and Security
Soviet Union Soviet Union Ministry of Internal Affairs (Soviet Union)
Spain Spain Ministry of the Interior (Spain) Minister of Interior
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Ministry of Home Affairs and Public Administration Minister of Home Affairs and Public Administration
Sudan Sudan Ministry of Interior Affairs Minister of the Interior
Switzerland Switzerland Federal Department of Home Affairs Member of the Swiss Federal Council
Republic of China Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
Thailand Thailand Ministry of Interior Minister of the Interior
Tunisia Tunisia Ministry of the Interior
Turkey Turkey Ministry of the Interior Minister of the Interior
United Kingdom United Kingdom Home Office
Ministry of Justice
Attorney General's Office
Home Secretary
Secretary of State for Justice
Attorney General for England and Wales
United States United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Justice
Secretary of Homeland Security
Attorney General
Uruguay Uruguay Ministry of Interior Minister of the Interior
Venezuela Venezuela Minister of Interior and Justice
Vietnam Vietnam Ministry of Home Affairs Minister of Home Affairs
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Ministry of Home Affairs Minister of Home Affairs

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