Refugees, mainly from Ukraine, continue to come to Rottweil County. The region is currently plagued by bureaucratic hurdles and eagerly awaits clear statements from the state of Baden-Württemberg.
ROTTWEIL COUNTY – So far there has been no clear data and no money from the state, regional director Wolf Rudiger Michel explained on a conference call in Ukraine on Tuesday morning. He was referring to the additional costs arising from the boycott as a result of a regime change imposed by the federal government that is expected to be completely replaced.
Changing the system requires effort
Since June 1, social welfare offices are no longer responsible for benefits, but rather employment agencies. The Asylum Seeker Benefits Act is no longer applicable to Ukrainian refugees. Alternatively, they can claim higher benefits under the Social Security Act.
However, this entails a high level of bureaucracy for the districts and therefore additional costs, as the scope of services must be renegotiated or transferred.
By the end of May, 1,311 people from Ukraine had received asylum seeker benefits. Since the legal status change, there are currently 991, the rest are already receiving benefits from the employment center. Brigitte Stein, a spokeswoman for the district, explained that 736 of these refugees were staying in private apartments and 255 in community housing in the district. According to Stein, 30 Ukrainians were recently assigned to the area from the state’s initial reception center, along with another 18 refugees from other countries.
There is a shortage of document templates
According to county chief Thomas Seeger, the Rottweil District Immigration Office currently looks after 878 refugees in 19 district municipalities – the large cities of Rottweil and Schramberg have been excluded from this. More than 1,200 Ukrainians can be registered using PIK stations in the service center.
However, there are currently problems with bogus certificates. With these documents, benefits can be obtained from the Employment Office even before the actual residence permit is issued. According to Seeger, fictional testimonials should be issued on the Bundesdruckerei paper. However, there is currently a shortage of counterfeit-resistant document templates. “Demand is very high nationally,” Seeger says. “We’ve been waiting for new certifications for more than four weeks.”
Give address slow
The granting of residence permits is also slow. For this, refugee data must first be registered digitally and sent to the Federal Printing Office, which processes such applications, issues the address and sends it to the immigration authorities for delivery. Because of the first wave of holidays on Pentecost, there was already a delay in the Bundesdruckerei.
The head of the health department, Heinz-Joachim Adam, also spoke about the vaccination status among Ukrainian refugees. Since mid-May, two doctors (without a license to practice medicine) from Ukraine are available for examinations. This makes communication much easier. In addition, she was a crucial help in persuading some refugees to vaccinate against mumps, measles and rubella.
MMR and Corona Vaccines
Meanwhile, 940 people have been screened, which is 75 percent of all Ukrainian refugees sent to the region. So far, 115 vaccines against corona and 126 vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella have been administered. Vaccine titers, a measure of the body’s immunity to a specific disease after a previous vaccination, were determined for 35 children. According to Adam, about a third of them did not have adequate vaccination protection despite verbal promises. Only 17 percent of Ukrainians were able to provide written proof of their vaccination status.