Harburg County: Ukrainian refugees wait five weeks to register

(Bim). It is said that more than five million people have fled the country since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. According to the United Nations, about 2.8 million of them crossed the border into Poland. To date, there are 362,000 refugees in Germany. How many refugees from Ukraine have been received in the Harburg region so far and how are they registered and accommodated? WEEKLY BLATT ASKED THE AREA.

“Currently, 1,832 people are registered from Ukraine. Between March 14 and April 19, 1,206 people were issued with a bogus certificate (proof of the right of temporary residence), and more than 1,500 people have already received financial benefits from the region,” said district spokesman Andres Wolfs.

People from Ukraine are generally allowed to enter the European Union and therefore Germany without a visa and stay in the Schengen area for 90 days without a visa, provided they have a biometric passport. After this period, they can apply for a residence permit for another 90 days from the District Immigration Service. “After the EU put the so-called Mass Flow Directive into effect for war refugees from Ukraine, war refugees can apply for a residence permit initially valid until March 4, 2024,” explains Wolfs. Therefore, many war refugees entered the region without a visa and are now applying for a residence permit on the basis of this mass influx directive. “Harburg region is not aware of any classic asylum claims from Ukrainian war refugees.”

Refugees can book appointments to register themselves using the District Appointments Tool. However, free appointments will be available again only from the 21st week (May 23). The availability of foreign authority was also guaranteed during the holidays around Easter.

Because of the acute threat situation in their homeland, people naturally fled Ukraine in various ways; Many of them got here through personal relationships, says Wolfs. In order to bridge the financial gap between their arrival and their registration, they can submit a short application for asylum seeker benefits to the municipality, municipality or common city. “Applicants then receive an advance on the spot. With the short request, personal data is also sent to the district and further processed. And when allocations from the state’s admission authority or special distributions from the federal government reach the district, refugees receive their benefits immediately,” explains a district spokesperson. .

When a state admission authority (LAB) assigns refugees to an area, an announcement is made at short notice, sometimes only a few hours in advance. “These people arrive in Winsen by bus, are registered under the Residence Act and receive financial benefits in addition to the necessary health certificates. On finding private accommodation, family size, any structural requirements (keyword ‘accessibility’), vaccination status or even corona disease Acuteness to be taken into account. If refugees prefer certain places because of family relationships, this will be included in the mediation process”, explains Andres Wolfs.

When it comes to housing refugees from Ukraine, the desire to help the population is great, including when it comes to providing private housing. “So far, the majority of war refugees from Ukraine have been housed privately,” says Wolfs. “There are over 600 offers, which means there are 1,995 places available. The DRK will arrange the exact placement.” According to him, there is still room available. The DRK Harburg-Land County Assembly coordinated the Central Housing Agency. Anyone who has available living space or can provide information about group accommodations can, for example, contact us Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm via the hotline 04171-7694444 or by email to Kriistenbezwinger@drk-lkharburg. de.

In addition to the private living space, there is currently a former hostel in Wohlesbostel, where the first refugees were accepted. Other accommodations such as the former elderly home on the market in Neu Wulmstorf and the former Stubbenhof elderly home in Jesteburg will soon be ready for occupancy, and more properties are planned.

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