Refugees from Ukraine: This is the situation in North Rhine-Westphalia – state politics – news

Refugees “Welcome to NRW”

How many people will come to Germany from Ukraine can hardly be estimated so far, said NRW Integration Minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) on Wednesday afternoon. Together with Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU), he explained how NRW will adapt to the refugees in the coming months. The press conference was preceded by a meeting between the state government and the municipal umbrella organizations.

“Anyone who has to flee from Putin’s war is welcome in NRW,” explained Wüst. Above all, the affected children should feel safe and secure here. Anyone who comes to Germany from the Ukraine has a right of residence for 90 days anyway – on a tourist visa. The Federal Ministry of the Interior had already announced that this period could now exceptionally be extended by a further 90 days. After that, the status “humanitarian protection” applies.

Registration required

Since it can be assumed that many of the refugees will not be able to return home for more than half a year, the state and the municipal associations have decided that everyone should register directly. As a result, assistance such as school and daycare places or the allocation of housing could be better organized, said Wüst.

In general, those arriving from the Ukraine should be distributed among the federal states and municipalities according to the Königstein key. In North Rhine-Westphalia, however, they do not want to be so rigid, said Stamp, since it is becoming apparent that many Ukrainians will find accommodation with relatives, friends or helpful citizens.

In order to find accommodation quickly for everyone else, she asked 480 housing associations and cooperatives in NRW to indicate their vacancies, said NRW Construction Minister Ina Scharrenbach (CDU). Free apartments should then be entered on a “housing card”. Cities and municipalities would have access to this digital directory, which is scheduled to go online from March 9th.

EU this time on one line

Minister Stamp stressed that the impending situation was in no way comparable to the refugee movement of 2015. Because in clear difference to then, this time the entire EU is in agreement that the refugees will be distributed equally to all countries this time. Since refugees came from bombed Syria in 2015, many EU countries have refused to take in significant numbers of people – most came to Germany. On Thursday, however, the Council of Europe is expected to adopt a common guideline.

Situation unclear so far

The willingness of the population to help is already great in many municipalities – but the situation has apparently been confusing so far. For example, the city had changed Duren prepared for 50 people to be picked up from the Polish border in a bus rented by the local Rotary Club. When the bus arrived in Düren early Wednesday morning, only two Ukrainian women with their two daughters got out.

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