Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - A Ukrainian refugee family in the district of Karlsruhe is now granted temporary protection status, even though they came to Germany from vacation in Egypt. The Ministry of Justice had announced that there were no concerns about giving the family a so-called fictional certificate, the district office informed the German Press Agency on Friday. This also comes with a work permit. "The immigration authorities will issue the document immediately and contact the family."
The family from the city of Kharkov in eastern Ukraine was initially denied protection status and the associated social benefits because they were on vacation in Egypt during the Russian attack on their homeland and therefore traveled from a third country outside the EU. The Baden-Württemberg refugee council had sharply criticized this and spoke of a loophole in the regulations.
The so-called EU Mass Influx Directive has actually offered Ukrainian refugees quick access to various areas of life in the host country since the beginning of March. Without going through a lengthy asylum procedure, they immediately receive basic medical care or social benefits, for example. So far, however, this has not applied to entry from third countries outside the EU.