Reception center for refugees: registration is possible at the Albert Schweitzer school in Villingen – Villingen-Schwenningen and surroundings

Fiona Barthel (left) of the Villingen Volunteer Fire Brigade, together with her comrades Marco Kratt and Sebastian Bohrer (right), laid the floors in the new reception center for refugees from Ukraine. Photo: Heining

It was a voluntary effort: on Friday, 180 volunteers set up two reception centers for refugees from Ukraine and on Saturday the central reception center of the district moved from Sturmbühlstraße in Schwenningen to the sports hall of the Albert Schweitzer School in Villingen. From Monday, 8 am, arrivals can register here.

Social Services Manager Jan Hauser was commended for so much effort on Saturday. After the expansion of the two refugee accommodation in Königsfeld and Donaueschingen, which members of the German Red Cross (DRK), Maltester, the German Life Rescue Society (DLRG) and the fire brigade had already implemented on Friday, it arrived on Saturday under the command of the Chief of the District Fire Brigade Florian Vetter once again brought together 36 volunteers from the fire brigade of Villingen, St. Georgen, Mönchweiler and Blumberg, the technical rescue organization and the mountain rescue service of the Black Forest to transform the Albert Schweitzer school sports hall into a reception center.

Good network connection of the district school on the Schelengaß

Floor coverings and partitions were installed, which after the closure of the central vaccination center found space in the newly built disaster hall at the road maintenance depot in Hüfingen. In addition, surplus tables and chairs were transported from the schools and the technicians set up the necessary Internet connections. The choice was also made for the good network connection of the district school on Schelmengasse, says Jan Hauser, head of the social services department, responsible for registering Ukrainians.

School and club sports have had to give up temporarily. The capacity limit in Sturmbühlstrasse was quickly reached, which made it necessary to move after just one week. Hauser expects 2,600 refugees, some of whom have already reached the district, and others are expected in the coming days.

People receive benefits for asylum seekers immediately

About 1,200 of them cannot be with friends or relatives and need a roof over their heads immediately. The numbers are calculated from the population key, the so-called “Königssteiner key”, explains Hauser. Of the 13 percent of the approximately five million people fleeing the war zone in Germany who are taken in by Baden-Württemberg, 2.2 percent are assigned to the Schwarzwald-Baar district. Unlike the refugee wave of 2014, from which, as Hauser says, it is now benefiting from an organizational point of view, this time the initial state reception station will be skipped. Ukrainian refugees – mainly women and children – immediately receive asylum-seeker subsidies consisting of free housing, necessary medical services and a standard rate slightly below the Hartz IV rate.

The large number of children arriving places the special task on the district of providing places in kindergartens and schools. “We are currently developing innovative ideas,” says Hauser of a working group that was quickly established with the state education authority, regional council and vocational schools. Language remedial courses are set up in schools, for which teachers are constantly sought. Integration courses are created and the possibility of forming nursery groups directly in the accommodation is considered before the size of the groups in established structures becomes too large and consequently the quality of care suffers.

Extra and overtime work for existing staff

Jan Hauser makes no secret of the particular tension that currently reigns in his office. Eleven permanent positions were advertised for employees granting benefits to asylum seekers, another eleven for positions as home managers and caregivers and another three for immigration authorities. However necessary they are, it is difficult to find new employees. There remains extra work and overtime for existing staff as well as waiting times for customers in other processing areas of the social welfare office.

The additional expenses incurred will be borne by the state – apart from the remuneration of additional staff – but on Monday it will notify the district treasurer of the expenses – which he had not yet calculated on Saturday – that will be added to the budget at the next The district council meeting in a week must be registered, says Hauser.

It takes 45 minutes per person to go through the new admission point

45 minutes: that’s how long it will take for every person who fled to the new shelter since Monday. She then she has been assigned housing, she has both a residence permit and a work permit and she receives benefits for asylum seekers. Thanks to many volunteer interpreters, the language is not a problem, says Jan Hauser. Arnold Schuhmacher, head of the district office’s health department, also passed on Saturday. Considerations of vaccinating refugees as soon as they are admitted or subjected to a rapid corona test have been shelved due to too much effort, but it will be done as quickly as possible and given a 35% vaccination rate mobile vaccination teams will be direct send them to shelters, says Schuhmacher.

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