Ukraine refugees: when registering in Villingen-Schwenningen, the shoe is pinched – Villingen-Schwenningen and the surrounding area

Arnold Schumacher (left, head of the Public Order Office) and District Director Sven Hintersee (right) in conversation with Foreign Minister Siegfried Lorek during a visit to the reception center in Villingen Schöningen. Photo: oak


Foreign Minister Siegfried Lorek highly praised the Central Reception Center for Refugees from Ukraine during an on-site visit. But the challenges are also becoming clear.

Schwarzwald-Bar district – “We came a lot to look at the problems,” said Siegfried Loerek of the Ministry of Justice and Immigration at the beginning of his visit to the converted gymnasium at the Albert Schweitzer School in Villingen-Schoeningen.



Too much load on few servers

In fact, the CDU politician was not surprised by the challenges that district officials have to complain about. But on the contrary. Lorik immediately put his finger in the wound, especially in connection with the registration of incoming refugees: “Here there is too much burden for a small servant.” Indeed, the shoe pinches, especially when it comes to the “identification service treatment” of refugees through the so-called “PIK station”, as it is called in official German. Here fingerprints are taken and pictures are taken.

“PIK registration takes up to 90 minutes per person due to server problems,” explains Jan Hauser, head of the social welfare office in the Schwarzwald-Barn district. If a bus arrives full of refugees, it will be chaos. The problem lies not only in the poor capabilities of the server to forward personal data to the authorities, but also in the lack of hardware required for this.

fictional certificate important document

Registration is basic – this is the only way in which a dummy certificate can be issued, which is associated with the receipt of benefits and a residence permit. “Fortunately, we are now receiving support from the State Police,” Arnold Schumacher, head of the Public Order Department, said happily about the cooperation between the authorities.

Regardless of the problems, Lorek sees the reception center built from the ground up as an exemplary one – the district works with large county towns to centralize all important administrative procedures here. In addition to the aliens authority and the minimum admission authority, the duty station is also represented in a “square”. Applications for financial benefits can be submitted here.




So taking care of children is a big challenge

However, the variable liability from the region to the duty station should be addressed here – people who fled Ukraine have the right to claim from June 1 in accordance with Book 2 of the Social Code. Tobias Wild, managing director of the Job Center Schwarzwald Bar-Kris, continues to cause headaches in this context, particularly data migration between organizations – whether the job center can take over payments in three weeks seems questionable at the moment.

Officials are also looking further at next steps. Lorek, as the secretary of state responsible for immigration issues in the department, sees challenges in childcare, “we don’t have a lot of places.” Not only does the mayor of Donaueschingen, Eric Pauli, nod in agreement with this statement, but Hauser, the head of the social services department, also draws attention to the impending problems. Three-quarters of the refugees are women with children. Childcare must be ensured, “otherwise we will have an integration problem,” Hauser stresses.


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