Ukrainians host in Taocha: they are worn out by the district office

Leipzig. Hannes Hertz is almost in shock as he looks forward to mid-July. Because the 33-year-old would never have guessed that he would think this way. By the 16th of next month at the latest, the two Ukrainians he’s been with for three months will leave. The burden of responsibility and frustration falls on the guests – behind the Tauchaer lies a time full of troubles, visits to the authorities and, ultimately, resentment from under the protection.

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Herz’s current position hurts mainly because of his claim that he always defends the weakest. “However, we can’t take it anymore and want to take a deep breath.” At the beginning of March, this situation seemed unimaginable. Then he and his family welcomed a 38-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son from Kyiv at their home in Taocha.

Waiting for certification

At first everything seemed uncomplicated, communication with the city was great. The problems started at the District Office (LRA) in Northern Saxony. The so-called fictitious certificate, which refugees receive until the issuance of the residence permit, was presented there, “but for days we had no information about when we could receive them,” says the developer. Without the certificate, for example, the boy would not have been able to go to school.

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Hertz called several times and asked, always put off, listening for sentences like “I can’t help you there” or “We’re overburdened, it’s going to take time.” Often no one answered the phone, and to this day there are no answers to emails. The two Ukrainians received the paper only through Hertz’s perseverance – just over a month after the submission.

The paper came a few days later

The journey continued after the 15-year-old was treated for an injury at St George’s. The Required Treatment Certificate – an alternative to a health insurance card – cannot be obtained from the district office at short notice. “So I had to guarantee in the clinic with a signature that if I had any doubts I would pay for the treatment,” Hertz says. Only days later the certificate was available, it is only valid for the current month and for one subject. When the boy had a toothache a little later, the April newspaper arrived on the twenty-eighth – the penultimate working day.

It also appears that Hertes’ request for reimbursement for utilities has not been processed for weeks. “I got the money for April in June,” Toscher said. He is stunned, especially since he had to research a jumble of applications from the Eilenburg Employment Center for his pupils and keep asking questions. “It’s understandable that some authorities are overwhelmed by the onslaught of refugees, but you can’t shift responsibility to private families,” he says.

Peter Joschgies offered an apartment to the North Saxony county office – without any reaction from the authorities.

Peter Jugchise is also in a bad mood for the LRA. The diver offered the authority a 53-square-meter apartment for the refugees. “She was notified on April 30th, and wanted to help,” says the pensioner. “There was no response to my email for three days and then a message came asking for information about the apartment.” The Jogschies have already done it. Send them back – and wait weeks in vain for a response. “Such ignorance is okay,” he says.

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When the month of April ended, he offered the apartment on the free market, awarding the contract to a mother with her son. The two moved in mid-May. Jogschies are still waiting for the deposit and rent to be transferred from the duty station due to an objection to the contract details. Jogschies are also annoyed by the obstacles caused by bureaucracy.

Office regrets the accidents

The LRA comments on the criticism at the request of the LVZ. “The cases described are very unfortunate, but unfortunately they cannot be completely ruled out in the current situation,” says Roman Becker, division chief at the Office of Immigration and Aliens Law (AMA). He talks about a “tremendous challenge” for the AMA since the refugee movement. It regularly takes care of about 1,200 asylum seekers, and now 2,200 registered refugees from Ukraine have been added. “Because of this exceptional situation, the North Saxony County Office has attempted to increase its staff in this area, including through temporary new appointments.”

Eight additional positions in the areas of asylum as well as housing and housing management can be filled through permanent vacancies, “unfortunately there is no similarly basic immigration law position due to specific requirements.” Sometimes support comes from staff from other offices and from three government officials.

Jens Capish, the district’s first deputy, adds that even before the war the office’s staffing requirements could not be covered: 52 of the 65 positions were filled at the end of the first quarter. Kabich also regrets that, in light of the staff shortage, “unfortunate contacts or delays” occur in individual cases. “This is not satisfactory for everyone involved, who are often overly bound by their limits to prevent this, there is nothing for a sugar coat.” Reported descriptions will be analyzed to avoid redundancy.

flat refused

In addition to discontent with the authorities, Hannes Hertes and his family developed another construction site: the guests from Kyiv did not show any initiative to search for housing. “So I worked intensely on my own for weeks.” In his experience, many landlords did not want to take in refugees because they feared that the rental period would be too short. Thanks to good relations, he found an apartment. “It was five in a lot, it just needed a little renovation, little things like wallpaper and chipboard.”

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To his surprise, the Ukrainian refused: it was too much effort for her. After an intense conversation with her hosts, she agreed – only to cancel again days later. The 38-year-old says she wants to move to Ellenburg. “In doing so, she alienated the owner and the city and also ours,” says Hertz. Tauchaer has since discontinued his almost daily efforts for guests. He terminated his lease with the two on July 15th.

Hertz does not know if the Ukrainians’ move to the neighboring city will actually work. If necessary, they should move into group housing in Taucha within a good three weeks. Even more bitter about Herz’s month-long effort is its gist: “The offices and a difficult relationship with the apprentices have cost us so much money, time and, above all, nerves that we will never do it again. And I find this realization horrifying.”

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