Carers from Ukraine | Weekly Journal of Agriculture and Rural Life

On the other hand, some families who hire Ukrainian carers wonder if they will come at all. On the other hand, some refugees who come to Germany from Ukraine would like to work here in the field of care or home care. Under what circumstances is this possible? Dr. Susanne Bunsmann, Legal Counsel at the Care Guide for Consumer Advice Center North Rhine-Westphalia, provides the answers.

Previously, they often worked illegally

There are no specific figures on the number of caregivers from Ukraine currently deployed in Germany. It is known, however, that Ukrainian women were already employed in private German homes as caregivers before the war. So far, they have been allowed to enter the country for up to 90 days, but not for work. However, many Ukrainian women did this, so that the work was classified as illegal”, says Dr. Susan Bunsman.

There was also a possibility that the Ukrainians were employed by a Polish company and came to Germany legally on a special visa (Vander Elst visa). The training of a few of them was also recognized by the skilled immigration law and they came to Germany to work. However, most of the caregivers from Ukraine were not nurses and came here without a proper visa or work permit.

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That has changed: with the implementation of Directive 2001/55/EC, Ukrainians can now stay in Germany for at least one year and a maximum of three years and obtain a work permit, the expert explains. To do this, they must submit an application to the immigration authorities for temporary protection in accordance with Article 24 of the Residence Act. You will then get a dummy certificate, which qualifies you for freelancing or business.

No gaps in supply are expected

Families who are concerned that their Ukrainian caregiver will not come because of the war in their home country can contact Dr. Susan Bunsmann is reassured on at least one point: “If this nurse is hired by a Polish company, the Polish company should provide a replacement. We are not currently concerned about any supply gaps.”

The speaker also tends not to see difficulties with employee salaries due to problems in the banking system. If Ukrainian women worked illegally in the past, they often received wages in cash from the person in need of care. If a German or Polish agency is involved, the money goes to the agency. Since the Polish and German banking systems are still functioning, there may be problems only if the agencies want to transfer money to Ukraine. “Here we can only hope that the accounts of Ukrainian workers were created in Germany or Poland,” says the legal expert.

Minimum wage entitlement

Dr. Susanne Bunsmann assumes that some refugees in Germany will now find work in nursing or home care. The decisive factor is that Ukrainian forces have the same wage claims and other rights as German forces. She warns that the line between “refugee assistance” and “care service” should not be blurred. “We have already received inquiries about whether Ukrainian women can be accepted for food and housing. This would be a very small wage if a Ukrainian had to take care of someone in need of care.” Unless it is a trained care worker, the current legal minimum wage of €9.82 must be paid on The least, including waiting time, for example at night.

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