Network Accommodation Ukraine : 160,000 people provide accommodation for Ukraine refugees

Network accommodation Ukraine
160,000 people offer accommodation for refugees from Ukraine

Three women from the Ukraine go to their quarters in the state initial reception center in Ellwangen.  Photo: Stefan Puchner

Three women from the Ukraine go to their quarters in the state initial reception center in Ellwangen. photo

© Stefan Puchner/dpa

160,000 people in Germany have opened their doors to refugees from Ukraine via the Accommodation Ukraine network. The willingness to help is still great - and before winter there is a need for action.

Since the Russian attack on the Ukraine around 160,000 people in Germany have offered places to sleep for war refugees via the Accommodation Ukraine network.

About 49,000 places were actually mediated, that shared network on Thursday in Berlin. In a survey of 3,251 participants, the Dezim Institute determined that 80 percent of those who had taken in people from Ukraine would do so again. According to the survey, however, frustration is often caused by bureaucratic hurdles.

Accommodation Ukraine is a platform where people who want to take in refugees can register. The initiative works with the Federal Ministry of the Interior to mediate. The willingness to help continues to be great, praised project manager Georgia Homann. "But at the same time we see an urgent need for action before winter." Since many heating systems are broken in the war zone, politicians are expecting new refugee movements. Many state accommodations are in Germany already full.

Hosts want help

"Instead of imposing a freeze on admissions, it is now important to support those who are willing to open their doors again to people in need," said Homann. Many potential hosts wanted help with administrative matters.

Other results of the survey: 63 percent of those who are being accommodated are women, often with higher incomes and places in the apartment. The detainees are also mostly women and children. 82 percent of those placing them say they have had a positive experience. Most refugees participate in common household activities, including housework. 65 percent of the hosts state that they eat together with those accommodated. Less than half of house guests participate in financial expenses.

The Federal Ministry of the Interior sees the initiative as a model. "Private accommodation is a successful part of crisis management and can continue to be so in the future," said State Secretary Markus Richter. Recently, several federal states had reported difficulties in accommodating refugees and asylum seekers. By the end of August, almost 985,000 people had entered the central register of foreigners who had entered Germany because of the war in Ukraine.


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