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  • Statistics: Syrians make up the largest group of foreign doctors in Germany
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    Statistics: Syrians make up the largest group of foreign doctors in Germany

    “The medical profession in Germany is becoming more colourful”: There are currently more than 57,000 foreign doctors working in Germany. This is the result of the current statistics of the German Medical Association. This means that out of 548,302 doctors in Germany, more than 10 percent come from abroad. For the third year in a row, Syrian doctors took first place in the number of foreign doctors in Germany. In...
  • More and More are Becoming Germans: People from Syria lead the Way in Naturalizations
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    More and More are Becoming Germans: People from Syria lead the Way in Naturalizations

    Last year, almost three times as many Syrians were naturalized in Germany as in the previous year. 19,100 of them received a German passport. According to data from the Federal Statistical Office, there were around 20 percent more naturalizations in 2021 than the year before, although in 2020 the numbers had fallen by 15 percent. In total, around 131,600 foreigners received a German passport last year. In Tübingen, 518 people...
  • Employment of refugees: a “job engine” for German companies
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    Employment of refugees: a “job engine” for German companies

    The employment of refugees in German companies since 2015 has had a very positive impact on the market opportunities of these companies. This is the result of the study “From ‘refugee crisis’ to job engine: An analysis of the experience of German companies in integrating refugees” by the non-profit organisation “Tent Partnership for Refugees” and the research institute DIW Econ. This study analyses for the first time the experiences of...
  • Counselling that makes you independent
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    Counselling that makes you independent

    Tübingen District. Around 400 refugees from the district of Tübingen have made it: they have become independent of the district's social services. This is according to Martin Quack, one of the heads of the specialised service for refugees at the Tübingen District Office. Most of them have found a job that has made them independent of social benefits, they speak good German and have their own flat. Others have moved...
  • Most refugees in 2021 came from Syria
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    Most refugees in 2021 came from Syria

    As many refugees as in 2015 and 2016 are now no longer arriving in Germany. Nevertheless, according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, 190,816 people applied for asylum in 2021—the year before the Ukraine war—56.2 percent more than in 2020, despite the Corona pandemic. Exactly 148,233 people submitted an initial application in 2021. Most of them came from Syria (37.0 per cent), followed by Afghanistan (15.7 per cent)...
  • Fictitious certificate – who needs it and how to get it
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    Fictitious certificate – who needs it and how to get it

    Anyone who applies for a residence permit or settlement permit in Germany receives a temporary residence title, the fictitious certificate, from the Foreigners' Registration Office. This is valid until the authority has made a decision on the application. The fictitious certificate is an official document to prove the provisional right of residence. It gives the person immediate entitlement to all benefits linked to a residence title, such as social benefits...
  • Grant for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications
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    Grant for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications

    Anyone who wants to have professional qualifications acquired abroad recognized in Germany and does not receive financial support from the Employment Agency or the Job Center can apply for a recognition grant. The grant is aimed at employees who have lived in Germany for at least three months, work below their completed qualification and have a low income. In addition, they may not receive financial support for the recognition process...
  • What is known about refugees from Ukraine
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    What is known about refugees from Ukraine

    331,600 entries of refugees from Ukraine were registered until 11 April 2022, according to the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Since Ukrainian citizens can enter the European Union without a visa and move freely there, many more are actually staying in Germany. An exact number cannot be determined. The Federal Ministry of the Interior conducted a survey among 2000 refugees. According to this, 84 percent of the refugees from Ukraine...
  • A new EU directive applies to refugees from Ukraine
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    A new EU directive applies to refugees from Ukraine

    In early March 2022, the European Union (EU) activated the so-called “mass influx directive”. This directive grants a different status to people fleeing the war in Ukraine than to all asylum seekers who have previously fled to the EU. This was decided by the Justice and Home Affairs Council, abbreviated “JHA Council”, which is composed of the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of all EU member states. It is...
  • Online guide for refugees from Ukraine
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    Online guide for refugees from Ukraine

    For Ukrainians who have arrived in Germany, there is a portal with information as well as information and tips on accommodation and medical care. The homepage of the Federal Ministry of the Interior www.germany4ukraine.de is available in Ukrainian, Russian, English and German. This portal provides answers to questions on, for example, entry, registration, corona rules, residence, work, study and compulsory education for children. Under the heading Basic Information, reference is...
  • Counseling also for refugees from Ukraine
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    Counseling also for refugees from Ukraine

    People who come to Germany as refugees receive support. Their contact persons are the integration managers of the district offices and cities. As of March 11, refugees from Ukraine can now also receive advice from the integration managers. This was announced by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Integration in a press release on March 11 2022. Further news on Ukraine: www.tuenews-ukraine.eu tun22031402 In der Kreissporthalle in Tübingen...
  • Counseling for refugees from Ukraine as well
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    Counseling for refugees from Ukraine as well

    People who come to Germany as refugees receive support. Their contact persons are the integration managers of the district offices and cities. As of March 11th, refugees from Ukraine can now also receive advice from the integration managers. This was announced by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Integration in a press release on 11.03.2022. tun22031402 In der Kreissporthalle in Tübingen werden Geflüchtete aus der Ukraine kurzfristig untergebracht....
  • Where refugees from Ukraine can find help
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    Where refugees from Ukraine can find help

    By Brigitte Gisel People from Ukraine who flee from the war in their homeland to Germany receive accommodation, food and medical care here. In the district of Tübingen, the city halls or citizens' offices are responsible for this. It is there that those seeking protection should apply for their residence permits. Ukrainians who have a biometric passport do not need a visa for 90 days in many European countries, including...
  • Report housing for refugees from Ukraine
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    Report housing for refugees from Ukraine

    The district of Tübingen is urgently looking for further accommodation for refugees from Ukraine. The provision of the Kreissporthalle Tübingen as an arrival center for refugees is not sufficient for the demand. Anyone who still has space, for example vacation apartments, can report this directly to the mayor’s offices of the cities and municipalities. The website https://www.kreis-tuebingen.de/ukraine provides information on many questions relating to the reception and accommodation of refugees...
  • The district of Tübingen prepares for refugees from Ukraine
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    The district of Tübingen prepares for refugees from Ukraine

    About 19,000 refugees from Ukraine are registered in Germany so far, according to the Federal Ministry of the Interior (as of March 5th). However, there are probably already many more. This is because Ukrainian citizens can enter the European Union without a visa and move freely in the EU member states. The district, cities and municipalities in the district of Tübingen expect that refugees from Ukraine will increasingly arrive in...
  • Hundreds of thousands flee the war in Ukraine
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    Hundreds of thousands flee the war in Ukraine

    By Michael Seifert The Russian army's invasion of Ukraine has triggered a huge wave of refugees. The number of people fleeing is increasing daily. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, more than 1,3 million refugees (as of 4 March) have already crossed the Ukrainian borders into the EU and Moldova, including more than 750,000 into Poland alone. More than 130,000 have already travelled on from Ukraine's neighbouring countries, including...
  • First Orientation Course at the Adult Education Center Tübingen
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    First Orientation Course at the Adult Education Center Tübingen

    The Volkshochschule Tübingen offers a "First Orientation Course - Welcome to Tübingen!" in March on one morning and one afternoon date. The free course is aimed at refugees aged 18 and older who are still in the asylum process and do not come from a safe country of origin. Those who have only been in Germany for a short time will find help in this course to orient themselves in...
  • Key to integration
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    Key to integration

    In August 2021, for the first time, more than 500,000 people with refugee backgrounds in Germany were employed: 436,000 were subject to social security contributions, and about 73,000 were part-time employees. These figures were announced by "Mediendienst Integration". The integration of refugees into the labor market has, therefore, been faster compared to the previous years, as demonstrated by comparative figures from the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). Jobs, education and...
  • More people sought asylum in 2021
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    More people sought asylum in 2021

    Baden-Württemberg registered more refugees again in 2021. 18,356 arrived at the state's initial reception facilities. In the first Corona year 2020, there were a total of 8,025 asylum seekers. These figures were announced by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Justice. For comparison: In 2015, when particularly large numbers of people fled Syria, Baden-Württemberg recorded more than 185,000 asylum seekers. According to certain quota rules, other federal states took in just under...
  • If the settlement permit fails due to a housing requirement …
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    If the settlement permit fails due to a housing requirement …

    By Qoutayba Abboud and Michael Seifert Refugees who came to Germany in 2015 or 2016 can now obtain a settlement permit and thus permanent residence. This is a solidification of residence and represents the first step towards obtaining German citizenship for many. Important prerequisites for this are good German language skills, securing a livelihood through work and contributions to German pension insurance. Another issue, housing regulations, is currently causing problems...
  • What the new government plans for refugees and migrants
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    What the new government plans for refugees and migrants

    By Michael Seifert The new federal government, formed by the so-called "traffic light coalition" of the parties SPD, "Bündnis 90/Die Grünen" and FDP, has described its plans for the next four years in a coalition agreement. This also contains the political intentions for migration, integration and refugee policy. The realisation of these plans is to take place in laws and amendments to laws. At the moment, no one knows what...
  • Political blackmail with refugees in Belarus has many predecessors in history
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    Political blackmail with refugees in Belarus has many predecessors in history

    For many weeks, the media have been reporting that thousands of refugees from Arab countries and Afghanistan are trying to reach the EU at the borders of Belarus with Poland and Lithuania. There they want to apply for political asylum after being flown to the capital Minsk and brought from there to the border. Poland has erected a high barbed wire fence at the border and border guards keep pushing...
  • Afghan refugees are currently unable to obtain identity documents
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    Afghan refugees are currently unable to obtain identity documents

    Many refugees from Afghanistan living in Germany are currently having problems fulfilling their "obligation to cooperate" in obtaining identity documents such as a tazkira or passport. Due to the Taliban's takeover of power in Afghanistan, it is no longer possible to obtain identity documents from the embassy or consulates. At the Afghan consulate in Munich, for example, it is no longer possible to apply for a Tazkira, as the homepage...
  • Possibilities of applying for asylum after the Taliban’s seizure of power
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    Possibilities of applying for asylum after the Taliban’s seizure of power

    The change in the political situation and the human rights situation following the seizure of power by the Taliban in Afghanistan also has a decisive impact on Afghan refugees in Germany whose applications for asylum have been rejected with legal effect. This is because the BAMF can no longer refer to allegedly safe cities and regions in Afghanistan in its decisions. This is what the Tübingen initiatives "move on" and...
  • Möglichkeiten des Asylfolgeantrags nach der Machtübernahme durch die Taliban
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    Möglichkeiten des Asylfolgeantrags nach der Machtübernahme durch die Taliban

    Die Änderung der politischen Lage und der Menschenrechtssituation durch die Machtübernahme der Taliban in Afghanistan hat auch entscheidende Auswirkungen auf die afghanischen Geflüchteten in Deutschland, deren Asylantrag rechtskräftig abgelehnt wurde. Denn das BAMF könne in seinen Entscheidungen nicht mehr auf angeblich sichere Städte und Regionen in Afghanistan verweisen. Das schreiben die Tübinger Initiativen „move on“ und „Plan B“ in einem Beratungsmerkblatt für afghanische Geflüchtete. Insofern hat für Geflüchtete, die derzeit...
  • Two websites show pictures taken in Moria
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    Two websites show pictures taken in Moria

    Pictures from Moria and other refugee camps located on the Greek island Lesbos are rarely seen by the public, “because journalists and photographers are not allowed entry into Moria and NGO employees are not allowed to take pictures. Media representatives are also still prohibited from accessing the refugee camp Kara Tepe, to which a large part of inhabitants was transferred after Moria was destroyed during a fire in September 2020,”...
  • Asylum applications from people from Afghanistan are currently not being decided
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    Asylum applications from people from Afghanistan are currently not being decided

    The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) is currently not making any decisions regarding Asylum applications from Afghans. The BAMF press office has that confirmed to tünews INTERNATIONAL on request. A reassessment would be made after evaluation of the update of the situation report on Afghanistan announced by the Federal Foreign Office. The existing management report from July 2021 is no longer valid due to the takeover of power...
  • Registering a newborn child at the registry office
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    Registering a newborn child at the registry office

    On average, between eight and twelve children are born in Tübingen every day. After the birth, it is important to register the newborn child at the registry office. To make the process easier for parents, they can hand in the necessary documents directly at the University Women's Hospital (registry office of the building management). The registration office forwards them to the registry office. At the registration office, parents also give...
  • Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag
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    Asylum center interviewed candidates for the Bundestag

    What is your opinion on an asylum procedure / a social consultation that is independent from the state? What is your position on state-organized sea rescue? And: How can the federal government support / simplify the willingness of many cities and federal states to accommodate refugees from camps with terrible living situations? These questions were posed to four Bundestag candidates by the Tübingen asylum center prior to the federal election...
  • Tips and help for everyday life in Germany
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    Tips and help for everyday life in Germany

    The brochure “Strengthening the consumer protection skills of refugees. A working aid in simple language” helps refugees to find their way in everyday German consumer life. The topics are briefly explained, followed by practical hints, tips and examples. The brochure also provides checklists, explanatory videos and overviews, often in several languages, e.g. Arabic. Questions on contracts, online shopping, reminders and debt collection agencies, labor and tenancy law, SCHUFA information, banks,...
  • Employment toleration for 30 months: The state government informs about the requirements
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    Employment toleration for 30 months: The state government informs about the requirements

    In the next few weeks, the state government of Baden-Württemberg will personally and actively inform approximately 10,000 people in a letter about the possibility of the “Beschäftigungsduldung”. These persons are “tolerated” and pursue employment. However, due to a negative asylum procedure, they are actually obliged to leave the country. When asked, Gunter Carra, deputy press spokesman of the Ministry of Justice and Migration Baden-Württemberg, told tünews INTERNATIONAL: “In this information...
  • Support for relatives in Afghanistan in the Tübingen asylum center
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    Support for relatives in Afghanistan in the Tübingen asylum center

    Because of the current threat situation, many people are worried about their relatives and friends in Afghanistan, who are still in the country. The Tübingen asylum center is offering consultation appointments and support: all data of the affected person in Afghanistan as well as a statement about the threat level, if possible with proof, is recorded in a form. The asylum center then sends this form to the Federal Foreign...
  • First study about „Russian-Germans”: well-integrated
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    First study about „Russian-Germans”: well-integrated

    Since the end of the 1980s, 2.7 million people from countries of the former Soviet Union have migrated to Germany. With about 3.5 million, they form the largest immigrant group today. However, little is known about their situation. The migrant researcher Jannis Panagiotidis (University of Osnabrück, University of Wien since 1/8/2021) has recently published the first comprehensive study about this population group, which he calls “post-soviet migrants”. Incidentally, the current...
  • Security measures on social media for people in Afghanistan
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    Security measures on social media for people in Afghanistan

    Facebook and Instagram allow people in Afghanistan to protect their accounts from getting spied on. Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Security Policy at Facebook, wrote this on Twitter on 19 August. People in Afghanistan could lock their accounts for other users with a single click. This means that only friends can see the photos or posts in a user’s timeline. In addition, the possibility to search the friend lists of other...
  • Bewilderment concerning the situation of the people in Afghanistan
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    Bewilderment concerning the situation of the people in Afghanistan

    What should we at tünews INTERNATIONAL write about the change of power in Afghanistan? We discussed this for hours in our editorial meeting. We heard about the bafflement of our colleagues whose family members have died in the almost five-decade-long war. Suddenly everything in vain? Of relatives who had previously worked as teachers or in administration. We wondered what future awaits them now? With Iran's interest in water resources and...
  • Current figures on training toleration
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    Current figures on training toleration

    Currently, 8,000 people are completing their training in Germany with a training toleration, compared to only 3,600 in 2019. These figures from the Federal Ministry of the Interior were announced by the "Mediendienst Integration". The vast majority of these trainees come from Afghanistan (around 2,000), as well as from Gambia, Iraq, Iran and Guinea. The increase, however, is at a very low level, as a total of more than 200,000...
  • More appointments for interviews at the Job Center
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    More appointments for interviews at the Job Center

    The Tübingen district Job Center at Schleifmühleweg 68 in Tübingen now has more rooms available for on-site personal interviews. However, appointments still have to be booked for these conversations. The Job Center can be reached at 07071 / 56520 or digitally. Those who have an appointment should report to the Service Point. This is a window counter outside the building. There, concerns such as identity checks, registration after absence and...
  • No deportations to Afghanistan for the moment
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    No deportations to Afghanistan for the moment

    The Taliban are taking more and more areas in Afghanistan. Therefore, the security situation has gotten worse and worse since the international troops withdrew. As a consequence, some countries, among them Germany, won’t deport any more people to Afghanistan for the moment. This was announced by a spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has changed his position because of the developments in Afghanistan. So...
  • Fictional Certificate
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    Fictional Certificate

    If you apply for a residence permit or a settlement permit in Germany, the foreigners’ office sometimes gives you a fictional certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung). This fictional certificate is issued by the immigration office if it has not yet decided on the person's application. With this fictional certificate, the person's stay in Germany is considered lawful and permitted. The period for which the foreigners’ office issues this certificate, is the period within...
  • Support for young people and their families
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    Support for young people and their families

    "DUNJA The support for young people and their relatives" is a project to support and promote families and children.The project offers holistic advice on questions, worries and problems that affect the family. Teenagers in the ages 11 to 18 are accompanied individually by the employees of the education provider BBQ Education and Vocational Qualification. In addition to advice, the range of support includes free learning support and leisure activities, such...
  • Experts call for “turbo naturalisation“
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    Experts call for “turbo naturalisation“

    Only 2.5 per cent of all persons who fulfil the necessary requirements actually naturalise in Germany and thus acquire German citizenship. This fact is lamented by the Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) in its current Annual Report 2021. The naturalisation rate in Germany is hereby significantly lower than in most other European countries. It is comparably low only in the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and Lithuania. The SVR...
  • Naturalisation now
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    Naturalisation now

    A new tünews magazine informs comprehensively on the topic of naturalization. More and more refugees from 2015 and 2016 now have the opportunity to apply for naturalization. The new edition “Geflohen und eingebürgert” provides information on how that works and what prerequisites are necessary. View the magazine here: https://tunewsinternational.com/14746-2/ tun21051101 Das tünews INTERNATIONAL Magazin zum Thema Einbürgerung in Deutschland. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL. Latest information on Corona: Click here
  • Strong at Work: funding for mothers with a migration background
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    Strong at Work: funding for mothers with a migration background

    The Federal Ministry for Families supports mothers with a migration background with its program “Strong at Work”. The program will run until mid-2022. The objective of the program is to support employable mothers individually on their way into employment. Among other things, women receive support in organizing childcare, getting degrees recognized, finding an internship, apprenticeship or job as well as qualification and training for certificate exams. There are about 90...
  • German Federal Armed Forces start withdrawal from Afghanistan
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    German Federal Armed Forces start withdrawal from Afghanistan

    German soldiers were stationed in Afghanistan for almost 20 years. The Federal Armed Forces have started the withdrawal on April 30th. “Our mission in Afghanistan is over,” explains the Ministry of Defense. Almost 1100 German soldiers were still in Afghanistan on April 30th – most of them in Mazar-i-Sharif, which is in the North of the country. Local employees of the Armed Forces which are being threatened are also supposed...
  • German ID cards for naturalized persons
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    German ID cards for naturalized persons

    Of the people who have fled to Germany since 2014, some now have German citizenship. If you have the naturalization certificate, you must apply for a German identity card or a German passport. The town hall / citizens' office of the place of residence is responsible for this. In addition to the naturalization certificate, the passport authorities there require an original translated and authenticated birth certificate. These can be issued...
  • Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking
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    Integration policy too short-term: Germany loosens in international ranking

    In the current issue of the international integration ranking, Germany is longer in the top ten. The “Migrant Integration Policy Index” (MIPEX) has measured the integration of migrants in 52 countries for the fifth time. Since 2007, an international research team has been studying how different countries support new migrants in being part of the society. Germany’s integration policy has become more restrictive. This is in part a reaction to...
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    Integration summit 2021 – the result

    During the 13th integration summit on March 9th – a digital event with 120 representatives from state and non-profit organizations – a new “national action plan” was decided. This plan is meant to help and improve the integration and everyday life of migrants. During the summit, chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that many migrants still deal with structural disadvantages: “We’re all Germany, that’s the aim.” Annette Widmann-Mauz, integration minister of...
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    Rumours about Germany

    Pregnant women have a better chance of getting asylum in Germany. Germany takes in 5000 migrants daily – these and many other rumours about migration to Germany and Europe can be found on the internet. This wrong information leads many people to flee to Germany and falsely hope for asylum in Europe. Often, these rumours are spread by traffickers, who want more profit. However, people should base their decision to...
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    Tolerated Stay for Working Professionals offers prospect for residence

    Under certain requirements, a Tolerated Stay for the purpose of work has been possible since January 1st, 2020. This offers longtime employees protection from deportation and prospects for a long-term residence. However, high requirements are tied to this. For example, the identity has to be confirmed and one has to have had a full-time and insured employment for at least 18 months. Furthermore, one has to have provided for their...
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    Naturalization tests offered again

    Women and men who want to get naturalized into Germany have to take a test. The Tübingen Volkshochschule is offering dates for this test again. There are three opportunities in March: on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. Until July, one test per month follows. The test takes a maximum of one hour. The naturalization test examines the knowledge of the legal and social order as well as the living conditions...
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    Refugees worldwide, in Europe and in Germany: the numbers for 2020

    According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, around 76 million people are fleeing worldwide. Out of these, around 46 million seek refuge in their own county, they are also called “internally displaced people. The currently biggest flight and migration movement is in Venezuela. At least three million people have left the country into neighboring ones. Around 95.000 refugees reached the borders of the European Union in 2020. Most of them...
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    Male refugees from Syria may file follow-up asylum applications

    In November, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that male refugees between the ages of 18 and 45 who are subjected to military service and come from Syria are entitled to refugee protection. This came about due to the high risk in Syria of forced participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity. Refusal of military service should, therefore, lead to refugee protection. Since many Syrian refugees have only...
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    New consultation for migrants in Mössingen

    The city of Mössingen has set up a new advice center: newcomers and migrants can contact Dilek Aydin with questions about language, education, work and leisure in Mössingen. She works in the integration department of the city administration. Consultation times at the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 44 are available on Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or by appointment. The consultation can take place in German, Turkish, English or in other languages with...
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    Consultation for migrants with a disability

    The life-help Tübingen (Lebenshilfe Tübingen), in cooperation with the city of Rottenburg, offers a consultation for children, youngsters and adults with a disability, as well as their relatives. “We are glad that we can offer help to migrants through the life-help consultation again,” says Wolfgang Jüngling, the refugee commissioner of Rottenburg. The consultation gives information about, but not limited to: coping in everyday life, financing of aids, conversations with the...
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    German border open for people seeking protection

    Due to the corona-pandemic, entry into Germany is limited. However, there are exceptions to the entry restrictions: Citizens of a country belonging to the European Union, as well as people from other states that have a long-term resident permit, are allowed to enter. There are also exceptions to the entry restrictions for those seeking protection: People who come to Germany for the purpose of joining their families are allowed entry,...
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    Naturalization in Germany 8: Students

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke to Matthias Regenbrecht on June 3rd, 2020. He is responsible for naturalizations in the district office in Tübingen. The interview was conducted by Fatima, among others, who works on the editorial staff of tünews INTERNATIONAL. She is still a student herself and asked about the subjects of minimum stay and language level: “Does the Realschule qualification...
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    Naturalization in Germany 7: Obligation to the Basic Law

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that applicants are committed to the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. For Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, the values ​​that the Basic Law defines as Germany's constitution are “an essential moment.” He gives examples of human dignity, protection of marriage and family, freedom of expression,...
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    Naturalization in Germany 6: Give up your previous citizenship

    If you want German citizenship, you need to meet several basic requirements. One of them is that most people need to give up their previous citizenship before naturalization can take place. This is emphasized by Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office. The legislator basically wants people to have only one citizenship. In general, only foreigners from member states of the European Union can retain...
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    Naturalization in Germany 3: Proof of identity

    If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is proving your identity with original documents. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the Tübingen district office, considers this provision, which has been in force for about a year, to be “a great evil”. In the past, he could have accepted the required proof of identity as a certified photocopy and thus in...
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    Naturalization in Germany 4: Crimes can prevent naturalization

    If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that no serious crimes for naturalization applicants are registered in the Federal Central Register. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, also always checks this basic requirement. The legislature initially set a penalty of 90 daily rates that naturalization applicants in the Federal Central Register must not exceed. That...
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    Naturalization in Germany 5: German test for immigrants

    If you want the German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of these is sufficient knowledge of the German language. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the district office in Tübingen, describes how naturalization applicants who have not completed school in Germany can prove their language level and take the naturalization test. The German test for immigrants must be taken at a certified educational institution, for...
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    Naturalization in Germany 11: “Tolerance stay” is not considered as residence time

    People who want German citizenship must meet several basic requirements. To do this, you must have been in Germany for 6, 7 or 8 years “legally and continuously”. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations in the Tübingen district office, explains that “tolerance stay” (Duldung) does not in principle count as time of stay. A “tolerated” person would actually have to leave Germany. They are only allowed to stay because,...
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    Naturalization in Germany 10: Economic capability

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of them is that those who want to naturalize can make a living out of their own resources. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is also responsible for naturalizations at the district of Tübingen, specified that, for example, receiving social assistance can lead to the rejection of an application for naturalization. However, he sometimes has a degree of discretion. If, for...
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    Naturalization in Germany 9: Citizenship

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. This also applies to people who were born in Germany. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalizations at the Tübingen district office, explained that people in Germany acquire their citizenship through descent. Descent means that their ancestors must already have German citizenship. Germans must prove their lineage back to 1938. They use birth certificates or other certificates to show...
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    Advice on asylum law

    “Coffee to stay” is the name of a cooperation project between the Asylum Center and the Catholic parish in Tübingen, represented by City Deacon Bernward Hecke. Refugees can get help on migration law questions every Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sankt Johannes community center at Bachgasse 5. This is done by social workers with experience in the asylum procedures, students of the “Refugee Law Clinic” and...
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    Naturalization in Germany 2: Minimum stay required

    If you want German citizenship, you must meet several basic requirements. One of the requirements is the time that naturalization applicants need to have lived in Germany. Matthias Regenbrecht, who is responsible for naturalization at the Tübingen district office, mentioned four different periods of stay in conversation with tünews INTERNATIONAL. The naturalization law initially uses a residence period of 8 years. Anyone who stays in Germany “legally and continuously” for...
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    Naturalization in Germany 1: Several basic requirements

    People who have fled to Germany since 2014 are now thinking of becoming German citizens. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke to Matthias Regenbrecht on June 3rd, 2020. Regenbrecht has been responsible for naturalizations at the district office in Tübingen for 15 years. In the studio of tünews INTERNATIONAL, he first gave an overview of the conditions imposed by the German Citizenship Act, which was last changed on November 20th, 2019. Regenbrecht mentioned...
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    Right to stay instead of deportation

    Having a “plan B”, an alternative plan in mind, is always a good idea. Due to the socalled “Ordered Return Law” (Geordnete-Rückkehr-Gesetz) passed in summer 2019, many people are in need of counselling, since the legal situation keeps changing almost every month. The Tübingen initiatives “move on – menschen.rechte tübingen e.V.“  (move on – human.rights Tübingen e.V.) and  “Fluchtpunkte e.V.” (Escape Points Tübingen e.V.) are supporting refugees with their new...
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    “The right to stay through work”

    Entrepreneurs from Baden-Württemberg demand that refugees with unsecured residence who are employed and well-integrated no longer be deported. The entrepreneurs spoke out to Interior Minister Thomas Strobl and protested against the deportation of well-integrated workers. “There should be no more bans on employment and short-notice deportations of asylum seekers integrated into work,” Markus Winter, one of the spokesmen for the entrepreneurs' initiative “Right to stay through work”, told the Schwäbische...
  • 1-RESIDENCE - ENG CORONA ENGLISH

    Education or work allowance: Urgent

    A new residence law has been enforced in Germany since January 2020. It affects allowance to engage in education or work. Anyone wishing to apply must provide proof of who he or she is and where he or she came from by Tuesday, June 30th. This is urgent. Afterward the due date the allowance can no longer be applied for. A birth certificate (with name, nationality, date of birth) and...
  • 1-RESIDENCE - ENG CORONA ENGLISH

    Accessibility of the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen

    Accessibility of the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen Due to the corona situation, there are currently no open office hours at the immigration authorities in the district of Tübingen. Appointments can be made in urgent cases. The following accessibility applies to the individual offices and authorities:   Immigration office in the district office An appointment is to be made directly with the responsible clerk. The contact details can...
  • 1-RESIDENCE - ENG CORONA ENGLISH

    Corona: Who has to leave the country, but can’t

    The corona epidemic is also affecting people who were to stay in Germany for three months without a visa or with a limited "Schengen visa". It may be possible that these people are unable to leave the country because of the corona measures. In such cases, the local foreigner's office can extend the visa by up to six months due to humanitarian reasons or issue a tolerance permit. The Asylum...
  • 1-RESIDENCE - ENG CORONA ENGLISH

    Corona: Applications to the immigration office by post

    In Tübingen, almost all applications can now be submitted in writing to the local foreigner's office. This also applies to applications for employment or training permits. These must be sent to the foreigners' office by post. If the foreigners' office has approved an application, it will send the corresponding residence documents by post. Applications for redistribution and applications for change or cancellation of the residency must also be submitted in...
  • 1-RESIDENCE - ENG CORONA ENGLISH

    Corona: Easier applications for residency in Tübingen

    In Tübingen, almost all applications can now be submitted in writing to the local foreigners’ office. This means that you no longer have to come in person. According to information from the Asylum Centre in Tübingen, the office is currently extending toleration periods by six months and residence permits by twelve months. When a residence permit is applied for the first time, the application must be submitted in writing in...
  • 1-RESIDENCE - ENG CORONA ENGLISH

    Tübingen Foreigners Office: New regulations due to Corona

    Almost all applications to the local foreigner’s registration office can now be submitted in writing, so that no personal contact may be required. For clarification of unresolved questions, the staff members can be reached from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the number 204-2020. Asylum seekers can send applications for residence permits or tolerance permits (Duldung) per post to the local foreigner's registration office or by dropping them in the...
  • 1-RESIDENCE - ENG News In English

    The way to permanent residence

    Future The way to permanent residence By Mohammed Kheer Hazeem and Feras Trayfi The tünews editors Mohammed Kheer Hazeem and Feras Trayfi talked to Thomas Steimle and Thorsten Lehmann from the foreigners authority in the Tübingen district administration office about this topic: What is a settlement permit? A settlement permit is a permanent residence permit for third-country nationals. Which conditions need to be fulfilled? The requirements depend on the individual...
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