Update (16 March)
Please take some time to consider the following points before making a final decision to take a refugee in your home:
- I’m considering taking someone in. How long might I expect to host them
Ukrainian refugees can stay in Germany for 90 days in Germany and can apply for a temporary residence permit after that. However, it’s worth considering that they won’t necessarily have found other accommodation by the end of that 90-day period and there is high demand for social housing. Here is where ICF can most likely assist as others within the church can help with this part of the process. Ideally, we should be prepared to host people until they have found something more permanent. But local townships are already setting up more long-term housing locally.
- What will Ukrainian refugees have to do once they get here?
Those arriving in the Hochtaunuskreis won’t have to apply for asylum, but they will have to register as residents at your local Einwohnermeldeamt. For this, they’ll need a form signed by you (if you own your house) or by your landlord showing that they are residing at your address and a passport/birth certificate. After they have their registration certificate, they can email this to the Ausländerbehörde to apply for their temporary residence permit.
- Will refugees be allowed to work once they’re registered as residents?
Yes. The temporary residence permit allows the holder to take up self-employment or salaried employment, which must be approved by the Ausländerbehörde. Their temporary residence permit will state that paid employment is permitted; they won’t need to apply for another work permit. People with temporary residence permits are also eligible for advice from the local government employment agencies and help in finding a job.
- Will children be able to go to school?
Yes. After they’ve registered as residents, families arriving with school-age children can apply for school admission. They’ll need to submit their documents to the Aufnahme- und Beratungszentrum (ABZ), who will connect them with local schools.
- Will there be any financial assistance from the state?
Yes. Ukrainian refugees are entitled to cash benefits (e.g. for accommodation, food and medical care). They’ll need to attend an in-person meeting at the Ausländerbehörde.
- Apart from providing a room, what might I expect to have to do to help my guest(s)?
– It’s likely that the person or family arriving at your home won’t have a full understanding of what they need to do in terms of registration etc. It’s great if you’re able to give them some help with these things – filling out paperwork, perhaps accompanying them to appointments. This may also be an opportunity for someone else in the church to help with this type of practical needs so that ICF can share your load.
– It’s also worth considering that many people will be arriving with some level of trauma. Some will have left behind a husband or father; some will have been exposed to harrowing scenes of violence, and some will have not yet had a chance to start processing the fact that their country is at war. It’s good to ask: do I have the time and the capacity to walk alongside this person as they process these things? Is my family in a stable position to care for someone in this situation? (This is daunting, and don’t forget, we hope to care for these individuals together as a church as much as we can. It’s just that you’ll likely be their first point of call).
- I’ve prayerfully considered these things and have decided that I’d like to host (a) refugee(s). How will this happen?
The first thing to do is to let Katerina (email@example.com) know that you’d like to be a host. Refugees who arrive in the Hochtaunuskreis without anywhere to go will first be sent to the reception facility in Gießen (the central facility for all refugees arriving in the area). So we might get people coming from there after they’ve been registered or from one of the larger temporary accommodation centers. Also, we may be able to receive people arriving immediately through the contacts of friends and friends of friends.
You will be notified when a request comes in and we will share as much information as possible to facilitate a good match.
Opening your home to Ukranian Refugees
We have already had many people volunteer to open up their homes and house refugees coming into the area. At the moment we are gathering available hosts. We have had a few requests come in, but they have found other arrangements. We expect more requests to come in the future.
Many of our
questions concerning legal implications, etc, will be answered at the meeting next week with the city.
If you are interested in opening your home please join our growing list of host homes by contacting Katerina in the office here.
Please let us know the following information:
- How many people can you host?
- What type of housing can you provide?
- Ideal guest (single woman, man, children, pets)
- Any other helpful information