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8 April 2022

Financial support from the Federation

At the Conference of Minister-Presidents on 7 April 2022, the Federation and the Länder agreed to provide financial support to refugees from Ukraine as recognised asylum-seekers in need of assistance as of 1 June 2022. In addition, the Federation and the Länder will speed up and optimise the registration of those individuals who will remain in Germany.

In this way, Ukrainian citizens will be directly entitled to a residence permit. They will receive benefits pursuant to Books II and XII of the Social Code as basic income support. To receive support, individuals will have to be registered in the Central Register of Foreigners and will need to present either a temporary residence permit (Fiktionsbescheinigung) issued on the basis of their registration, or a residence permit pursuant to section 24 (1) of the Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz). This way, refugees from Ukraine will be able to immediately take up work in Germany.

The Federation will provide support in terms of materials and human resources to the Länder to help with the registration. In addition, the Federation will provide a total of €2 billion in financial support to the Länder and local authorities in 2022 to help them cover extra costs associated with refugees from Ukraine. The lump-sum support will be provided to the Länder by means of an increased share of VAT revenues and will consist of the following amounts:

  • €500 million to support local authorities with the costs of providing accommodation to refugees from Ukraine.
  • €500 million to cover the costs that have arisen so far in connection with support for living expenses for refugees from Ukraine.
  • €1 billion as a contribution to the Länder’s other costs in relation to refugees from Ukraine (e.g. child care, schooling, health and long-term care costs).