Refugees from Ukraine face many offers of assistance in Offenburg – Offenburg

Refugees from Ukraine face many offers of assistance in Offenburg. There are currently 437 war refugees living in Offenburg, approximately one third of whom are children and youth up to the age of 18.

Offenburg is in a “good position” when it comes to refugees from Ukraine. As Integration Commissioner Christoph Heimel reported at a meeting of the Integration Advisory Board, 565 war refugees from Ukraine have been registered in the city, 128 of whom have already moved or returned to their country of origin. This means that there are 437 war refugees from Ukraine in Offenburg, including about a third of children and young people up to the age of 18.

About 100 people live in shared housing, the rest live with friends or in private living quarters. Heimmel thanked the citizens who made their vacation homes available to refugees or who disinfected guest rooms.

First registration, then residence permit

The Immigration Office provided information on the procedure upon arrival. Ukrainian citizens will have to report to one of the state primary reception centers in Baden-Württemberg. If you are taken by friends or acquaintances in the Ortenau region, you will first have to register with the town hall of your place of residence. After that, they were given an appointment to register.

After registration, they can apply for a residence permit and receive a so-called fictitious certificate from the immigration authorities. This is the basis for granting basic security and job search benefits. With this certification, they are allowed to start working immediately.

Free language courses for refugees

Learning the German language is a prerequisite for communication. Refugees from Ukraine have access to free integration courses, Anne Stoll, head of the German Language Institute (IDS) Offenburg, told the committee. IDS is the largest provider of German as a foreign language courses. Currently about 26 integration courses are running in parallel in Offenburg, many of which he has had classes with participants from Ukraine since May. One of the challenges is the lack of teachers with the right qualifications.

Voluntary language courses were organized in cooperation with the monastery school and the university. As of July 25, 135 people have registered since March, and there are 12 language courses currently operating with a total of about 80 people (including refugees from other countries), four of which are courses in temporary accommodation. One problem is the low level of commitment, which leads to erratic participation and different levels of learning. Vacations and vacation time volunteering. Many thanks were also given to the volunteer language teachers.

Mayor Cobb: “Offenberg is in a good position”

“Offenberg is in good shape,” Mayor Hans-Peter Kopp said with satisfaction. Through proven structures, the best possible support for social work is provided in school, district centres, family, children, youth and affected families. The city vacation program is of course open to this group of people.

There are also many summer months access offers in the area, family centers, and with other providers. Among others, a meeting café, play and learning opportunities for children and youth or mother and child groups. For sports and recreation, for example, circus group, children’s art studio, children’s gymnastics, visits to the city library and museum, adult volleyball (TV Bühl) and bicycle workshop. During the current summer vacation, six voluntary language courses lasted, and the offers were aimed at all refugees.

Rebland refugee assistance offers are also open to all refugees, such as a visit to Karlsruhe Zoo, Rammersauer bouncy castle or OFV Football Day. There are also offers from local Ukraine assistance, such as the two-week vacation program in the Buntes Haus area and the Family Center.

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