Konstanz District: Homeland is no longer an option: Ukrainian refugees arrive in Konstanz district

In this conversation with Olga Vronskaya Irina Kvasjuk, tears flow only twice. Once when Olga Vronskaya reveals that she has her business in Kiev, a cafe where she usually entertains people. The memory of everyday life brings tears to his eyes. And Irina Kvasyuk cries when she reports that her six-year-old daughter Marta had a birthday on March 8 – and firmly believed that her father would be there as promised.

Martha spent her birthday fleeing between Poland and Constanta. Her father had to stay in Ukraine because he needed capable men to fight.

Olga and Irina stay at the hotel with the Rolof family

Olga and Irina, childhood friends, stayed with the Rolof family, owners of hotel apartments in Konstanz-Petershausen, with their two children. Eleonore Rolof read about the fate of many Ukrainian families who fled the attacks on their homeland in SÜDKURIER and wanted to help. She reported to the city with the information that several hotel rooms could be made available, which gratefully registered her offer of assistance. With the allusion that they will be returned to him when necessary. After that, she heard nothing more from the city administration.

Instead, answered Anastasia Sommerfeld, from Konstanz with Ukrainian roots. She reported on two women with children who were traveling to Constanta because they had an acquaintance there but no shelter. Sommerfeld had received contact from his relatives through social media. Rolof immediately agreed to take the families.

Suddenly they are in Constanta

Now Vronskaya and Kvasyuk are sitting in the breakfast room of an apartment hotel in a city they have never heard of. But here they like, do not want to be sent further. The escape was turbulent: Olga’s family wanted to leave Kiev when the Russian bombing began on February 24, and the shelling near Borispol airport could be clearly heard. The family packed their things and left, but got stuck in traffic. “We were scared when we came back because we did not get home until after curfew.” They spent a lot of time in the basement for the next two days. “Without the children, we could have stayed,” says Olga Vronskaya, and Kvasjuk adds: “The children were very scared.”

In the open field it becomes dangerous

Irina Kvasyuk and her husband left for western Ukraine on the first day of the war and she reports that the journey was long. “We were very scared, especially in the open field. “There have been reports of evacuation vehicle attacks.” There were checks everywhere because Russian saboteurs were driving Ukrainian cars.

The friends met again in the empty house of an acquaintance in western Ukraine, without heating – and with poor supply in stores. Together they decided to move forward and that women with children would have to leave the country. The men took him to Solotvino near the Romanian border. They were able to cross the border only after 14 hours, their husbands had to stay.

How well prepared is the district?

How good is the county, are the cities prepared for refugees like two women and their children? In district accommodations there is still little to feel for those seeking help. So far, no Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the community housing, says Monika Brumm, head of the Office for Migration and Integration. “We expect them to come in the coming days,” says Brumm. Those refugees who have no contact in a city in Germany would be brought to the state initial reception centers in Sigmaringen, Karlsruhe or Heidelberg.

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Regardless of how they arrive, refugees must report to the immigration authorities and then be entitled to a payment under the Asylum Seeker Benefit Act. It is extremely difficult to estimate how many refugees are coming and at what speed, Brumm says.

Preparations are underway in Constanta for the arrival of a large number of refugees. The city is taking a dual approach to housing. On the one hand, it seeks to create living space on its own municipal properties. On the other hand, it collects offers for housing from private sources through the organization “Raumteiler”, the part funded by the city of “83 integrates”. Bettina Parschat from the regulatory office reports that 30 seats are immediately available on all connecting accommodations in the city, most of them on Sonnenbühlstrasse. It is clear that these places will be filled quickly. A certain density is also possible. A number of private individuals have also come up with offers, but these rooms are not always available in the long run.

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So far, 65 Ukrainians have registered in the city (since March 11), the administration assumes that significantly more are already in the city, staying with relatives. It seems gloomier for schools and especially nursery places. “In schools we have VKL classes,” says Alfred Kaufmann, head of the social welfare and youth office. However, they do not have staff for a large influx. “Day care centers give us a lot more headaches,” he says, adding that the lack of staff there is significant. You should probably consider alternative childcare options, for example in the form of parental cafes, where refugees take care of their children themselves.

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The city of Singen is experiencing an even greater influx: 52 people from Ukraine were registered in the city by March 11th. On March 14, another 36 people were registered. Most of them have stayed privately with relatives or friends in Singen, as reports Stefan Mohr, Singen city spokesman. The city of Singen has organized temporary accommodation for two families.

At the moment, the debates over who will be responsible for what and if there will be a nursery have been completely ignored by two women from Kiev with their children. They are happy to have escaped the attacks, are afraid of their husbands, and have anxious thoughts about their homeland and what they have experienced. At the same time, they try to feel a little comfortable in the city that has received them: “We are very grateful for the help”, says Olga Vronskaya, “we like it very much.

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