War in Ukraine: refugees arriving in Berlin will be transported to different federal states

Every day, thousands of people from Ukraine arrive in Berlin. However, the structures in the capital are currently overloaded. Therefore, the federal government has decided to provide support in this regard: since Sunday, war refugees are also transported to other German states.

Buses to all other states, with the exception of Bavaria and Hamburg, leave from the main station in Berlin. “The offer is voluntary” – The Senate Department of Integration, Labor and Social Affairs wrote on Twitter.

Reception facilities in Berlin “completely overloaded”

More than 11,000 people who fled the war in Ukraine arrived in Berlin again on Saturday, according to the Senate Integration Department. 720 of them were accommodated by the crisis headquarters and refugee office (Landesamt für Flüchtlingsangelegenheiten) in Berlin. More than 11,000 war refugees had already arrived in the German capital on Friday. The Senate Department for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs reported that the Federal Ministry of the Interior had decided to transport the refugees to other states.

According to the organization Flüchtlingsrat Berlin, the structures responsible for receiving refugees in Berlin are currently “completely overloaded.” As a result, the Federal Ministry of the Interior has decided that refugees from Ukraine will be transported by bus to reception points in other federal states without unnecessary bureaucracy. This does not apply to Hamburg and Bavaria, because in the meantime a great many refugees from Ukraine have already arrived in these two states, as well as in Berlin, on their own.

Giffey appeals for support from all states

In light of the rapidly growing number of refugees, Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) recently called for more support from the entire state. In an interview with ZDF, she spoke about the extremely dynamic developments in the capital over the past week. “At the beginning we received 45 people, now more than ten thousand people arrive every day” – Franziska Giffey explained.

She added that this is a huge challenge that Berlin is trying to meet through various means. People who have fled the war are placed in refugee centers, shelters, hostels, youth hostels. Providing aid to victims of Russian aggression is also possible “thanks to the enormous commitment of private individuals,” Giffey said. There are “many helpers.” – stressed the SPD politician.

At the same time, she added: “We are getting closer and closer to the limits of our possibilities”. Therefore, in her opinion, the current situation requires an organized relief effort and the distribution of refugees throughout Germany. The existing structures in Berlin cannot cope with the rapidly growing number of refugees. At this point, Giffey mentioned the federal government’s decision to house refugees in various states, which is to be handled by the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, Bamf), among others. The mayor of Berlin believes that this is inevitable in the current situation.

Giffey demands that trains or buses from Poland, where most of the refugees have so far arrived after Russia’s attack on Ukraine, “go to different German cities.” Apart from the question of the deployment itself, the registration of the Ukrainian arrivals is also an important issue. For example, at this moment it is not known how many people have been accommodated in private apartments,” said the mayor of Berlin. In her opinion, however, “it is very important that they are registered so that assistance can be provided to them.” Another important issue is “how these people can obtain residence status and the right to work.”

So far, more than 37,000 war refugees from Ukraine have been registered in Germany

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, 37,786 war refugees from Ukraine have been registered in Germany so far. From Saturday to Sunday, their number increased by about 10,000. At the same time, a spokesman for the ministry said on Sunday that in reality, the number of refugees arriving in Germany may already be much higher.

European Union countries have agreed to introduce provisions for the “temporary protection” of refugees fleeing war from Ukraine. On Thursday, the interior ministers of the member states agreed on the issue at a meeting in Brussels. As agreed, the EU will provide temporary protection to these people for up to three years.

Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) does not think that the influx of refugees from Ukraine could place an undue burden on individual EU countries. “For the first time, all EU countries are accepting war refugees, especially our eastern neighbors. This is a very different situation from what we have faced in Europe so far.” – She said in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag”. According to her, the most important issue now is the best possible placement of these people and providing them with care.

Source: www.tagesschau.de, insidegermany.co

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