Starts on Monday: New Arrival Center “Arrival Ukraine” in Stuttgart – Stuttgart

Arndt Gießer, Alexandra Sußmann and Dorothea Koller (from left) in the new arrival center Photo: Lichtgut / Max Kovalenko

The new facility on Heilbronner Strasse houses the offices for the reception of refugees. You are also supposed to finally get treatment from the War Refugee Screening Service.

The city wants to speed up the registration and distribution of Ukrainian refugees who are already living in the state capital or are still arriving. The new arrival center “Access Ukraine” serves this purpose and will be operational on Monday in the BW Bank building on Heilbronner Strasse.

According to the city, about 6,400 refugees from Ukraine now live in Stuttgart. Of these, the administration accommodated about 3,500 in hotels, hostels and halls, and about 2,900 found places to stay with relatives, acquaintances or supporters. So far, the administration has focused on absorbing the large numbers that arrived in the first few weeks and issuing a provisional registration. Dorothea Koller, head of the municipal regulatory office, explained that about 1,800 refugees have now received this so-called fictional testimony in Stuttgart.

The identification service has not yet been registered

The rather complex identification process necessary to take up employment, attend federal integration courses or receive Hartz IV benefits has yet to be implemented in Stuttgart. As a result, the refugees had no “flaws,” Alexandra Sussman (the Greens), Mayor of Social Affairs, emphasized. For example, the payment of interest was not dependent on this registration. Dorothea Koller explained that some rural areas and the surrounding provinces are more advanced than Stuttgart when it comes to police registration, with the “most favorable proportion” of refugees and administrative staff there. As is known, the population of Ukraine mainly went to the big cities of the republic, which led to big problems in many places.

Currently around 50 refugees arrive every day

Alexandra Sussman explained that the various offices involved in refugee arrivals are grouped into the new facility. The new rooms not far from the main train station should now be the first point of contact for the newly arrived war refugees. This was an average of about 50 people a day last week. Here, the city’s social welfare office, along with the regional council, decides which refugees can stay in Stuttgart and who will be accommodated elsewhere in the state. Last week, about 20 of the 50 people arriving each day stayed in the state capital, while the others were distributed across the country via accommodations at the exhibition center.

Registration takes a very long time

The fact that people who have been living here in Stuttgart for a few weeks still have to be registered with the identity service, is also due to the fact that the administration has only one of the devices required for this so far. As of Monday, Eight should now be in use. Biometrics and fingerprints are also taken at separate counters in the Public Order Office. This recorded personal data is immediately compared with police databases and at the European Union level. Dorothea Koehler said this is time consuming and takes “about 40 minutes per measurement.” It is estimated that once operations have stabilized at the new facility, they can handle about 100 registrations per day. There will be eight interpreters working for this.

The city expects up to 10,000 people

Volunteers will also work at the new facility to answer diverse questions from the refugees. The so-called Medpoint, which is currently still in Schleyerhalle, is scheduled to start in the middle of the month. This is where expats receive medical first aid. The social mayor Sußmann assumes that the refugees will be able to “get there safely”. The new facility is also intended to deal with a possible further increase in the influx of refugees from Ukraine. According to forecasts, the city expects up to 10,000 refugees in the foreseeable future. Alexandra Sussman said that this figure corresponds to that “from the time of the Yugoslav war.”

Empty rooms from BW Bank

Arndt Gießer, head of Stuttgart’s private clients, said BW, which allows the city to use empty rooms for free, is happy to help. Bank employees have already raised 100,000 euros in a fundraising drive for refugees, and the bank has increased it to 250,000 euros.

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