Help in many languages for traumatized people

Refugio cares for traumatized refugees. The independent association supports those affected and their relatives. Understanding is important in counseling and therapy. This is why Refugio normally employs language and cultural mediators at the advice center in the Pfrondorf district of Tübingen—usually gender-specific: women for clients, men for clients. Refugio is always looking for language mediators from Arabic to Dari to Somali. Among other things, they must have very good knowledge of German and the interpreted language as well as secure residence status in Germany. Their work is remunerated. Information about Refugio: and tun23102502 Neckarbrücke mit Bepflanzung. tünews… Read More

Residence permits in Tübingen now available electronically / Foreigners’ Office changes appointment procedure

In Tübingen, a residence title can now only be applied for or extended online. This document is needed by anyone who comes from a country outside the European Union and wants to stay in Germany for a longer period of time. Both—application and extension—can be done around the clock and without an appointment at the Foreigners’ Office. The link to the online application for an electronic residence permit (eAT) can be found on the municipal website at: The required documents are uploaded and transmitted directly in the online application. This allows the Foreigners’ Office to process the applications more… Read More

Money from the state for integration

The municipality of Ammerbuch receives 11,500 euros for the integration of refugees. The money comes from the state programme “Integration vor Ort”. With this money, the Ministry of Social Affairs in Baden-Württemberg wants to support 29 projects—including tünews INTERNATIONAL. The Ammerbuch project is called “Living Integration”. It includes language support for refugees, workshops for better equal opportunities and supervision for volunteers. In addition, there will be bags with toys that children from refugee families can borrow. The project also includes get-to-know-you meetings for people newly arriving in Ammerbuch. See tun23091901 Das Rathaus in Entringen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL /… Read More

Attacks on refugees on the rise

The number of attacks on refugees has increased significantly: In the first half of 2023, there were 704 attacks against refugees and 80 attacks on shelters. This is revealed in the federal government’s response to a small question from the parliamentary group “Die Linke” in the German Bundestag. In the first half of 2022, there were 544 attacks on refugees and 52 attacks on their shelters. According to the federal government, there were a total of 1,420 politically motivated attacks on asylum seekers and refugees in 2022, which also represented an increase compared to 2021. 83 percent of these crimes… Read More

After two years of Taliban rule: worldwide refugees from Afghanistan

5.7 million refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan were living outside their homeland at the end of 2022, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. People from Afghanistan thus form the third largest refugee group in the world—after refugees from Syria and Ukraine. About 286,000 Afghan refugees and asylum seekers live in Germany. This makes Germany the third largest host country. Around 90 percent of Afghan refugees are in the two neighboring countries of Iran (around 3.4 million) and Pakistan (around 1.7 million). Two years after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the Integration media service compiled the most important… Read More

Kitas are not yet the desired driver of integration

Exactly 10 years after the introduction of the legal right to a daycare place for children after the age of one, the German Council of Experts on Integration and Migration (SVR) presents an analysis of how this law is being implemented for children with an immigrant background. According to the report, immigrant families are still at a disadvantage when it comes to daycare centers: The hurdles to finding a daycare place are higher for them, their children attend a daycare center less often than children without an immigrant background. According to figures from 2020, 40 percent of children under the… Read More

Most refugees come from Syria

The number of applications from refugees in Germany is on the rise again. This is reported by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). It has accepted 150,166 initial applications for the first half of this year (2022: 84,583). This represents an increase of 77.5 per cent, according to the BAMF. With 43,532, most of the initial applications came from people from Syria. The vast majority of them are allowed to stay in Germany. Afghanistan follows in second place (27,310 initial applications). In the first half of 2023, 5966 people from Iran and 5669 from Iraq submitted initial applications.… Read More

Work and integration: ZDF filmed at tünews

Refugees should be obliged to work, if necessary on a voluntary basis. This is what the district councils in Baden-Württemberg are demanding. There is criticism of this: among other things, legal regulations and bureaucracy prevent refugees from getting a job. A ZDF television crew interviewed Tübingen’s district administrator Joachim Walter, who is also president of the Landkreistag. “Work is still a factor for successful integration,” Walter said. That is why the ban on working that applies to many refugees must be abolished. The ZDF team also filmed in the editorial office of tünews INTERNATIONAL for its report. Eva Schiller, head… Read More

New residence opportunities for asylum seekers in employment or with training

Asylum seekers whose asylum application has not yet been decided on are to be given a “change of track” to facilitate their integration in Germany by means of a right of residence. This is provided for in the revised Skilled Workers Immigration Act, which was passed in the Bundestag and Bundesrat in July. Anyone who is working or has a job offer as a skilled worker and has a recognised vocational qualification can withdraw their asylum application and receive a residence permit. However, this so-called change of track only applies to people who have applied for asylum by 29 March… Read More

Problems of refugees in the health care system

A scientific study shows: Refugees often cannot cope with the German healthcare system. This is the result of an analysis by the medical faculty of the Charité in Berlin. The reasons are primarily language barriers and a lack of information about health care structures. “Many affected people do not know, for example, that the family doctor’s office is the central point of contact.” Furthermore, in addition to language barriers, a lack of time and a lack of medical professionals also caused problems. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs and Health wrote in a press release. The ministry commissioned the study… Read More

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