The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees assures refugees from Ukraine not to worry about the news that the distribution of asylum seekers among the lands has been suspended.


Первичный центр приема украинских беженцев в спортзале школы в Баварии Фото: Wolfgang Maria Weber/IMAGO

All new arrivals to the country are still first obliged to be accepted by the land where the refugee first applied for help. And even if it is not possible to register a person there for a long-term period, exceptions are always possible, the office explains. For example, in cases where a person has relatives in the region.

In early September, the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) group, citing the country’s interior ministry, reported that 12 of Germany’s 16 federal states are allegedly no longer able to accept refugees from Ukraine.

The report gave the impression that most of the German states had completely stopped accepting Ukrainians. However, this is not the case. We are talking about the suspension of reception of refugees under the so-called primary distribution system.

This system applies to asylum seekers arriving in the country at conditional point A, but with no specific purpose or place of stay. After placement in refugee camps or other temporary accommodation, they may be transferred to another federal state which, according to the allocation system, has the resources to receive them. But this can only be done when the land to which the refugee originally arrived has already reached its quota of refugee admissions.

In other words, suspended admission through the initial distribution system means that some federal states are not prepared to receive refugees from other regions, but it does not mean that they will deny admission to those who come directly to them.

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