Bonn: The number of refugees from Ukraine continues to rise | honif today

Bonn – The number of people from Ukraine who fled the Russian war of aggression and seek refuge in Bonn continued to rise. Meanwhile, more than 3,000 refugees have been registered with the city administration.

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In the period from February 24, 2022 until April 13, 2022, 3,040 people coming from Ukraine for the first time were registered at the registry office of the service center. The federal city of Bonn still expects up to 4,500 refugees to arrive from Ukraine.

As of April 14, 2022, Bonn hosted a total of 1,611 refugees, 186 of them in municipal housing and 721 in hotels, and 704 refugees already placed in private accommodation.

Meanwhile, the immigration authorities received more than 700 applications for a temporary protection residence permit. Every dummy certificate issued for this purpose contains the passage that allows any profitable business. The city administration does not know how many people have actually worked in the meantime, since approval of the specific job is not required.

Children and youth

To date, about 450-480 children and young people have arrived in Bonn schools (about 170 in primary schools, about 250 in secondary schools and 50 young people in secondary schools). To date, 18 children from Ukraine have been accepted into municipal nurseries and a few more in independent day care centers.

All children and young people who are looking for and need a school place can contact the following email address: ifk@bonn.de. As far as possible and if necessary, childcare places should be made available in municipal day-care centers for young children. It is currently possible to accept children in day care centers for up to six weeks as visiting children. This can be handled flexibly – even for a few hours a day. The Family Office is available to answer any questions: familienbuero@bonn.de, tel. 0228-77 4070.

Residence

The Municipal Buildings Administration in Bonn is currently in contact with several landlords in order to quickly and unbureaucratically rent living spaces to refugees in customary local conditions (according to the rent index). Thanks to the large number of rental offers, refugees have already been able to move into some apartments. Two large residences are currently being prepared in Mallwitzstraße 2-4 in the district of Bad Godesberg and in Siebengebirgsstraße 200 in the district of Beuel. Both sites will be available to a few hundred refugees in a few weeks. Once the two dwellings are occupied, the city administration will inform the public.

Offers from school psychological counseling centers

Meanwhile, many people from Ukraine are also looking for protection in Bonn and the Rhine-Sig region. Among them are many children and young people of school age who are now attending schools. This position poses a variety of challenges and questions for professionals in the school.

For this reason, the School Psychological Counseling Centers in the Federal City of Bonn and the Rhine-Sig Region continue to offer to support schools in dealing with the effects of the Russian aggressive war in Ukraine. Right after the Easter holidays, they offer an online forum for everyone working in the school, which provides a space to ask questions, share experiences, and overcome challenges and problems together by sharing tried and tested methods and ideas. The following dates are planned for Tuesdays, April 26, May 3, May 17, May 24 and May 31 from 3pm to 5pm. If you are interested in obtaining a link to events, please contact the Bonn School of Psychology via the following email address: veranstaltung.schulpsychologie@bonn.de.

The second, but one-off, event will be online on Tuesday, May 10, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. How schools can provide a safe place for those who have fled, but also for all other students and those who work at the school who give their support and support. In addition, school psychologists will provide suggestions and information on how to deal with trauma and grief and how to promote resilience.
Anyone who works at the school can register until Thursday, 28 April 2022, giving their name, school, email address and phone number at the email address veranstaltung.schulpsychologie@bonn.de.

Citykey app

A small team of employees from the city administration and Deutsche Telekom has implemented a quick solution in the “Citykey” app, which brings together digital services for citizens, especially for refugees from Ukraine and helpers from Bonn. The City of Bonn would like to make more people aware of the online presentation at www.bonn.de/ukraine or https://international.bonn.de/ukraine.
The app now contains a new panel titled “Information for Refugees”. Depending on the language setting in the smartphone or mobile device, this is displayed in Ukrainian, English and German languages. Refugees can find all information about the federal city of Bonn here, including a direct link to request benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act.

The second new box “Information for Assistants” summarizes the main contact points for assistants from Bonn (displaying accommodation options, donations, counseling centers, telephone counseling).

The application can also be downloaded for free from the Ukrainian store. In-app registration is not necessary.

Online information

The city administration has posted information – for both the refugees and all helpers – on the Internet. On the one hand, under www.bonn.de/ukraine in German, and on the other under https://international.bonn.de/ukraine in English.

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