Görlitz: Aid to Ukraine: One problem after another

Aid to Ukraine: one problem after another

Willingness to help Görlitz is still very high. They are also in great demand: refugees, aid workers and the authorities are facing new problems.

Written by Konstanz Jungans and Susan Sudan


6 minutes

“We are delighted to be able to participate,” says Octavian Urso, mayor of Görlitz, because this rescue technology is urgently needed in war zones.
© Paul Glaser / glaserfotografie.de

The old turntable ladder of the Görlitz fire brigade has been in service for more than 20 years. But it hasn’t been used for three years. In 2018 it was replaced by a more modern model that fits better in the narrow streets of the Old Town. The old has been preserved since then. Your retirement is primarily due to financing reasons. But now the old car is used again – the city of Görlitz and the firefighters donate it to Ukraine.

The idea for the donation came during a morning meeting at the fire brigade, says their president, Anya Weigl. But will the authorities agree to the funding rules? “We’ve been given a special pass,” says Mayor Octavian Urso. Nine donated rescue vehicles will go to Kyiv next week and will be distributed from there.

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The city of Görlitz donates a turntable ladder cart (right) to the Görlitz Professional Fire Brigade.  She has always provided reliably good service - and now she has to do it in Ukraine.

The city of Görlitz donates a turntable ladder cart (right) to the Görlitz Professional Fire Brigade. She has always provided reliably good service – and now she has to do it in Ukraine.
© Paul Glaser / glaserfotografie.de

What do you do if you are still not registered?

The example shows that the desire to help Ukraine has not ceased. But things do not always go so well with Ukrainian assistance with the authorities as in the case of the turntable ladder. Example: Madeleine Ruder and her husband welcomed in Klingwalde a 77-year-old woman from Ukraine. It arrived on March 12th. To this day, she is not registered with the Immigration Office in the district of Görlitz. First, the Röders registered them in the city through the Alliance Greens office in Görlitz, and then turned to the district immigration office for official registration.

It was a long wait there. When asked about the hotline in Ukraine, it was found in May: Somehow the 77-year-old seems to be out of the system. Madeline Ruder doesn’t want to blame the staff on the hotline. They updated the data from the initial registration, sent the registration forms in advance, and explained that the data of the 77-year-old would be transferred to the Social Welfare Office immediately upon registration: since June 1, the Employment Center became responsible for paying the financial assistance instead of the Immigration Office. However, people of retirement age such as the 77-year-old receive support from the Social Welfare Office.

Work from scratch: Recordings expire now

However, the basis for this recording remains. Rhodes has not yet set a date for that. Finally, the movement is said to have entered the case. “But do you really have to go that far first?” asks Madeline Rueder: In her distress, she turned to the mayor.

If you are registered, you will receive a bogus certificate, a type of temporary residence permit – and also a Notice of Benefits. Refugees need it, for example, to open an account or to switch to a social welfare office or job centre. However, the province issued notices to Ukrainians who initially entered Germany, which were limited to only three months. District spokeswoman Julia Biar explains that this has to do with the fact that the duration of stay of Ukrainians was initially limited to three months.

The staff shortage continues

“Since the information was received that the length of stay could be at least six months, dummy certificates were also issued accordingly.” But the testimonies of the refugees who arrived in February and March are now running out – many refugees are literally stranded. The region promises to renew certifications quickly. But he’s in the back. As of June 14, 2,652 fictional certificates have been issued. About 3,700 refugees live in their homes in the area. The numbers should be approached with caution: Many refugees have returned to Ukraine without deregistration, often out of concern for their work there, District Director Bernd Lange said recently.

However, the region still suffers from one problem: lack of staff and technology. Months ago, the district applied for a spade station. The identification service transaction is carried out through them – in fact part of the registration. However, so far only about 1,600 refugees have passed through Peak Station. The second has now been delivered and is in use in Zittau. Lange said it would have been nice if the staff had been made available as well. Nine employees work in this field. Since last weekend, two employees of the Saxony State Directorate have been supporting work at peak stations.

Municipalities no longer pay money

It’s a region-specific feature: people who don’t have a fake certificate yet get a flat rate. This is paid in the same way benefits are paid with a bogus certificate across cities and municipalities – with cash, you don’t have an account. A pilot project that the region is proud of. The assistants and hosts allegedly learned that this was a major effort for the municipalities. It remains to be seen if this is really the reason, but in the future the benefits will be paid by the immigration authorities.

It doesn’t sound bad, but sometimes it is. As in the case of Risa and her granddaughter Svetlana. They fled from Luhansk. Your house is in ruins. They found housing in Reichenbach, where they live in an apartment with two other relatives. difficult situation. Raisa is 90 years old. She cannot go from Reichenbach to Görlitz alone to collect money from the Immigration Office. Last week for the pay date, Reichenbacher drove the family to Görlitz.

Volunteers are still needed

It is said that tears flowed again. Because some Ukrainians stood in the long line for nothing. They didn’t get any money: the appointment was for Ukrainians with a fake diploma.

Anyway, she was the only head of the family to receive the money last week. The other three, who had not yet obtained a fantasy certificate, got nothing. A special problem for Svetlana: she received 250 euros at the beginning of May, which has long since expired. Raisa has been in a financial bind without money since April. A Reichenbach restaurant and residents donated food, and parishioners provided the essentials after an immigration office employee advised a Reichenbach aide to “purchase humanitarian aid on site on a voluntary basis.” Amal Swetlana and other refugees: This Wednesday, the Aliens Authority also wants to pay people who don’t have a fake certificate.

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