On 1 June 2022, the responsibility for ensuring the livelihood of Ukrainian refugees from the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act will change to the Municipal Centre for Employment (Kommunales Center für Arbeit – Social Code II) or the Office for Social Promotion and Participation (Social Office/Amt für soziale Förderung und Teilhabe – Social Code XII). As a rule, those who have not yet reached German retirement age come under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Centre for Employment. This applies to the majority of Ukrainian refugees. For those who have reached the appropriate age, the Office for Social Promotion and Participation is in charge.
Application: Anyone who registers as a Ukrainian refugee in Germany after 1 June 2022 has to apply directly for benefits if they have no financial means of their own. For this purpose, there is a joint online application by the Municipal Centre for Employment (KCA) and the Office for Social Promotion and Participation especially for people from Ukraine who are affected, i.e. regardless of age and individual backgrounds. The people themselves do not have to specify which legal group they belong to - it is sufficient to simply submit an application. The competent institution will then take care of it automatically. Ukrainian refugees who are already receiving benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act before 1 June 2022 will be contacted by the office responsible for them and will be informed about all the further steps they need to take.
Health Insurance & Bank Account: In order for the KCA and the Office for Social Promotion and Participation to grant benefits to Ukrainian refugees, it is strongly recommended that persons affected open a German bank account. If the Municipal Centre for Labour is responsible, persons need to choose a statutory health insurance provider so that they can benefit from full medical care without financial risks. The choice of health insurance is completely free; upon request, the KCA Job Centre will hand out lists of possible health insurance companies. If the Office for Social Promotion and Participation is responsible, people can be registered automatically with a health insurance provider.
Counselling: The Municipal Centre for Employment (KCA) provides mobile counselling teams in the shared accommodation for Ukrainian refugees. These teams offer on-site group information as well as individual counselling. In this context, an initial assessment also takes place, in which KCA employees find out what vocational and other skills each person has, as well as what wishes, ideas and interests they have.
Measures / support: The Municipal Centre for Employment (KCA) is currently developing orientation programmes and training courses especially for Ukrainian refugees, in cooperation with the Association for Work, Qualification and Training (AQA), also owned by the district. You can find out more in a consultation with your contact person at the KCA.
Taking up employment: as a matter of principle, Ukrainian refugees have unrestricted access to the German labour market. They can, for example, start an apprenticeship or take up employment subject to social insurance contributions without any special requirements. The KCA Job Centre advises and finds suitable jobs in the region. Companies wishing to fill vacancies specifically with Ukrainian refugees can contact Erika Kollmann by email at AMIP-Ukraine@kca-mkk.deund by phone at 06051 974141910.
Further support services: For Ukrainian refugees, there are a variety of additional, specialised support services available, which are coordinated by the Municipal Centre for Employment (KCA) and the Office for Social Promotion and Participation. These services include, for example, trauma therapy, addiction counselling, childcare counselling, nursing counselling and much more.
Establishing contact: The first point of contact for all Ukrainian refugees newly arrived in the Main-Kinzig-Kreis remains the coordination office Ukrainehilfe MKK at the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde). It can be reached via the hotline 06051 8518000 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (general enquiries).
Documents, applications or enquiries about a person's individual situation should preferably be sent by e-mail. The Municipal Centre for Employment - Job Centre ( KCA-Job Center)can be reached by mail at KCA.Ukraine@kca-mkk.de. The Office for Social Promotion and Participation (Amt für soziale Förderung und Teilhabe) can be reached at Ukraine-65Plus@mkk.de.