German courses for refugees: the authorities are moving fast – Stuttgart

At a language school in the city center, refugees from Ukraine learn German. Photo: M/rta Popowska

The demand for language courses is high, but you can not keep up with this in official offices. A language school in Stuttgart offers non-bureaucratic assistance and is now looking for donations.

Ukrainian Anna puts on a CD. Dialogues ring, voices welcome and say goodbye. German language for beginners. The 18-year-old is standing in front of the board and writing the most important things for her students. She does not flinch when two women want to explain the exercise again in Ukrainian. “No, we speak German,” she said firmly, slowly, loudly and clearly. However, questions in Ukrainian are allowed.

The requests are understandable, they are, after all, the second lesson for about 24 women. They fled to Stuttgart from many parts of Ukraine in March and want to live a normal life as soon as possible. This includes learning German, finding a job, and distracting yourself, says Roland Stryker, who wanted to help quickly and unbureaucraticly. Together with his brother, he runs the Tricos Language School which has branches in Stuttgart-Mitte and Heilbronn.

The women who got a place were lucky, because the official performances are coming a long time ago, and many refugees have been here for over a month. This seems to be due to the slow bureaucracy. Roland Stryker feels the consequences.

fictional certificates required

“We were expecting up to 50 people when we wrote to every responsible person at the federal, state and city levels on March 2. However, the offer had a great response, because there is still no state or federal funding, but people in This wave of refugees from Ukraine know much better and more specifically what they want from refugees from 2015,” he explains. Without further ado, he and his brother Robert Straker decided to offer a free course to 250 participants, for which they would pay out of their pocket for the time being. “This is a value of 100,000 euros,” he asserts.

In order to obtain official approval for an integration course, refugees need certificates, the so-called fictitious certificate or electronic residence permit (eAT). Local authorities are not able to do this in time. Not only is Stryker a school principal, but he is also a deputy to the District Advisory Council (CDU) in West Stuttgart and an advisory member of the ICRC.

criticize something else. Because a little more than a week ago, the administration decided to issue so-called paper fiction certificates instead of the usual fantasy certificates. “They assert the right to a fictional testimony,” says Roland Stricker, who is surprised by this procedure, which seems more complicated to him. “The city will have to clear things up soon.” He wonders how quickly paper fiction certificates will be issued and processed: “Nobody has been able or willing to answer that for me yet.” Experience has shown that processing by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) takes four weeks. But requests support there, and Strickers Language School receives 30-40 course inquiries per day.

“City” stands for “Mama is learning German.”

Other municipalities are much faster. “At Heilbronn, we already have the first participants from the metropolitan area who have come to us with mock testimonials, and we have placed the first applications,” says Stryker. Until recently, this was not possible in Stuttgart.

Upon request, the city states that the certificate of fictitious images is issued by the immigration authorities and that the content is a fictitious certificate “, but not in the form of the national carrier with a sticker, but as a certificate on a form created by the immigration authorities themselves. We decided to carry out this processing for reasons of simplicity and speed , where many refugees are now urgently waiting for a fictional certificate,” explains press spokesperson Martin Thrunberns and confirms that the BAMF will accept paper certificates as an alternative document.

Until an integration course is possible, the administration refers to the municipality’s offers, such as “Mama learns German”. There are also state-funded German courses such as “part-time courses for women and fathers”. The city of Stuttgart intends to ask for more government funds to implement more part-time women’s training courses for refugees between May and September of this year. A large number of inquiries are also received at the Welcome Center. “Until an integration course is possible, the Welcome Center refers to the free language courses offered by Tricos Language Schools and Adult Education Center,” explains Martin Thronberens.

“If we want to offer courses to more people for free, we will reach our financial limits,” Stricker asserts. So he set up crowdfunding. Just over 2,000 Euros have been collected so far. That’s not enough yet, but the Strickers keep moving forward. Simply because there are still 200 people on the waiting list. One is pleased with any support, like a stroke of luck Anna. She ran away from herself and volunteered only because she wanted to help.


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