Harburg District: Ukrainian refugees wait five weeks to register

(bim). More than five million people are said to have fled the country since the start of the Russian aggression war in Ukraine. According to the United Nations, about 2.8 million of them have crossed the border into Poland. So far, Germany has 362,000 refugees. How many refugees from Ukraine have been received so far in the Harburg district and how have they been registered and accommodated? BLATT weekly asked the district.

“Currently, 1,832 people from Ukraine are registered. From March 14 to April 19, 1,206 people were given an imaginary certificate (proof of temporary residence right) and more than 1,500 people have already received financial benefits from the district. ” said district spokesman Andres Wulfes.

People from Ukraine are generally allowed to enter the European Union and thus Germany without a visa and stay in the Schengen area for 90 days without a visa, provided they have a biometric passport. After this period, they can apply for a residence permit for another 90 days by the district migration department. “Once the EU has enacted the so-called mass flow directive for war refugees from Ukraine, war refugees can apply for a residence permit that is initially valid until March 4, 2024,” explains Wulfes. Therefore, many war refugees entered the circuit without visas and are now applying for residence permits under this massive flow directive. “The Harburg district is not aware of any classic asylum applications from Ukrainian war refugees.”

Refugees can book registration appointments themselves using the district appointment tool. However, free appointments will only be offered again from the 21st calendar week (May 23rd). The availability of foreign authority was also ensured during the Easter holidays.

Due to the acute threat situation in their country, people from Ukraine naturally left in different ways; many of them got here through personal connections, Wulfes says. To bridge the financial gap between their arrival and their registration, they can submit a short application for asylum seeker benefits to the relevant municipality or municipality or joint town. “Applicants then immediately receive a financial advance. With the short application, personal data is also sent to the district and further processed. When allocations from the state admissions authority or special distributions from the federal government arrive in the district, refugees receive their benefits immediately. “, Explains the district spokesman.

When the state reception authority (LAB) assigns refugees to the district, a notice is made with a brief notice, sometimes just hours in advance. “These people arrive in Winsen by bus, are registered under the law of residence and receive the financial benefits as well as the necessary health certificates. When they find private accommodation, family size, any structural requirements (‘accessibility’ keywords), vaccination status or even acute coronary heart disease – Diseases to consider. If refugees prefer certain places because of family relationships, this is included in the mediation process, “explains Andres Wulfes.

When it comes to accommodating refugees from Ukraine, the willingness to help among the population is high, including the provision of private housing. “Most of the war refugees from Ukraine have so far been accommodated privately. There are more than 600 offers, which means 1,995 places are available. The DRK will adjust the exact placement,” says Wulfes. According to him, there is still room available. The DRK Harburg-Land district association has taken over the coordination of the central housing agency. Anyone who has accommodation available or who can provide information on group accommodation, for example, can contact us Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 via the telephone line 04171-7694444 or by e-mail to Kriistenbezwinger@drk-lkharburg.de.

In addition to the private living space, there is currently a former inn in Wohlesbostel, where the first refugees were admitted. Other accommodations like the former nursing home on the market in Neu Wulmstorf and the former Stubbenhof nursing home in Jesteburg will soon be ready for occupancy, other properties are being planned.

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