Grateful to have found asylum in weismain

Grateful to have found asylum in weismain

It is difficult to get along with the people who have gradually arrived at the asylum seekers' home in weismain since last week. They come from afghanistan, russia, athiopia, iraq and vietnam – and barely speak german. But their body language makes it clear how open they are to the new country they now live in.

Van hiew ta also shakes hands in a friendly manner. An athletic young man whose eyes radiate gentleness. The 28-year-old vietnamese speaks a little german, but his roommates do not. Three of them live in an estimated 25-square-meter room in the new building of the former old people's home.

The walls are painted female, the sink on the left, the refrigerator on the right next to the door. Sleeping in a double bunk bed and in a second bed, which stands to the right in front of the window. The three men have a small television and a closet for everyone. Cooked in the communal kitchen in the hallway what is available twice a week in the food package. Bathroom and toilet are shared.

Balanced group important

For not foreseeable time it will be tas home. 18 new asylum seekers only moved in on tuesday. Again new people that ta does not know. He doesn't speak their language either – he can only communicate with the other vietnamese people. Twelve now live here.

The aim is to achieve a balanced composition of the groups in the accommodation, says jurgen neubauer from the government of upper franconia. People should feel comfortable, conflicts should ideally be avoided.

Every single person who arrives in weismain has their own story about why they ended up here. Each one has a reason why he fled from his home country. In van hiew ta's case, it was probably his curiosity that caused him problems in vietnam.

Ta worked as a journalist. When he wrote critical articles about people smugglers and accused the police of taking bribes, he was no longer allowed to work. He was also abused. After writing more reports critical of the government and continuing to be harassed, the time had come – ta cursed. He came to berlin. There he learned some german, now he is in weismain and hopes for a new beginning. This is what can be learned at least from ta. The exact history of the refugees is often hard to understand. Not even for the authorities.

"Eating, learning, working – we do everything together", says ta about the small vietnamese group. The 28-year-old only got to know the other vietnamese here. Like ho yen linh, for example, who lives in the room next to the manner's with another vietnamese woman. A small petite woman who laughs a lot.

Together at the church feast

Together they were at the church festival in the parish church in weismain last sunday. "Schones fest", says ta. Volunteers from the burgerstiftung aktive burger lichtenfels accompanied the refugees. Weismain's mayor udo dauer (CSU) also thinks that the rapprochement between burghers and refugees has been successful.
On the other hand, there are still some teething problems in the housing sector. The asylum social care that is to be provided by caritas has not yet been approved. The office is still empty. But the government says it is important to take care of the refugees. People are waiting impatiently for caritas to arrive.

House manager josef schwarz, who is something like the good soul in the accommodation, has been looking after 13 men, 14 women and eleven children aged one to twelve years who are currently living in the asylum seekers' home in weismain for so long. The largest family comes from iraq with six children. Compulsory schooling also applies to children in germany. The first children are already enrolled in school, according to the government.
Van hiew ta and the other refugees are happy to be here despite the circumstances. "We want to say thank you to germany, the 28-year-old concludes – a perfect german phrase.

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