Advice and Authorities
For extensive counselling and the placement of language courses, especially in the city´s adult education centre, the special services for migration and integration of AWO, Caritas and Diakonie are in charge. In addition, initial aids are offered to the asylum seekers by special employees for social matters of the City of Ludwigshafen.
Aliens registration authority
Asylum seekers must register with the aliens registration authority (Ausländerbehörde).
The residence permit for the purpose of establishing and preserving family life for foreign family members (family reunion) on federal territory will be granted and extended to ensure protection of marriage and family according to article 6 of the Basic Law.
The permission of residence for the purpose of family reunion may be refused if the person to whom the family members will move, is dependent on social security benefits to maintain other foreign family members or other members of the household.
This does not account for asylum seekers or refugees who have already been granted their status as such. In that case, he or she is entitled to bring family to Germany (spouse and minor unmarried children or parents, in case he or she is unmarried and of minor age) if he or she makes a corresponding request within three months after his recognition as asylum seeker or refugee. Further information for asylum seekers will be supplied at the aliens registration authority.
Voluntary exit to the mother country
In case of a voluntary return to the mother country or a third country, which the foreigner can enter, there are various possibilities for grants. In Rhineland-Palatinate a “Landesinitiative Rückkehr” (a state initiative for returnees) was founded to grant returnees possibilities of financial support and opportunities for consultation. This state initiative for returnees does not only account for foreigners obliged to leave the country.
For further questions as to these funding opportunities please turn to the aliens registration authority and arrange for an appointment.
A consultation for people who want to leave Germany again voluntarily is also offered by the Centre of Caritas Ludwigshafen.
City´s special employees for social matters
Special services for migration matters
Special employees of the following facilities give advice to asylum seekers in different matters.
Workers Welfare Association
Centre of Caritas Ludwigshafen
House of Christian Social Service
Special service of the youth welfare office
Youth welfare office
Concerning refugee families
Concerning unaccompanied refugee minors
Concerning language support
Homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and intersexual refugees are sometimes not only persecuted in their home countries. They may also experience discrimination in central accommodations in Germany because sometimes other refugees or the staff of central accommodations may discriminate against them. Those who are experiencing discrimination, are looking for help or have questions concerning the topic can contact the advice centre of the Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO):