a project by Caritas Friedland and Caritas Germany is a collaborative project of the Caritasverbandes für die Diözese HildesheimCaritasstelle im GDL Friedland (Diocesan Caritas Association  of Hildesheim/ Caritas agency in the Friedland refugee and immigrant transit camp) and the Deutscher Caritasverband (German Caritas Association). The aim of the project is to provide information about the different admission programmes and link the actors involved in the admission process. The project promotes local and regional networks for supporting the refugees admitted and an exchange of experience between former and newly arrived individuals.

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Latest Arrival

Arrival DateNumber of IndividualsFrist country of refugeNationalityResidence Permit
14.07.2021231TurkeySyria§ 23, 2


Resettlement is defined as the permanent admission of particularly vulnerable refugees from a country where they currently live as refugees to a third country prepared to admit them. This country grants the individuals admitted direct and safe entry and comprehensive refugee protection. The refugees are selected in a complex process with the involvement of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Resettlement is not a replacement for regular asylum procedures, but rather a supplementary tool for the protection of particularly vulnerable refugees.


Humanitarian admission

Humanitarian admission enables refugees from war and crisis areas to enter Germany safely. The admission programmes are set up for a specific, acute reason. In Germany, individuals admitted are given a temporary residence permit. In the past few years there were several (now discontinued) federal government admission programmes for Syrian civil war refugees. Some federal states have ongoing programmes through which Syrian refugees may enter Germany to join family members.

Dawit Weldaab from Eritrea

“I don’t want to always need help.”

Photo: Caritas Friedland/Eva Lutter

Dawit Weldaab entered Germany in 2012 through the resettlement program. The 29 year old was born in Eritrea and lived in Ethiopia with his family for several years. As an Eritrean citizen, he didn’t receive a regular residence permit. Dawit could only go to school limitedly and later had difficulty finding work as a car mechanic.

„In Ethiopia I was a second-class person.

Hiba Kaka from Syria

“In Lebanon, we were often confronted with prejudice.”

Photo: Caritas Friedland

Hiba Kaka, her husband, and her two children lived in Lebanon as Syrian refugees. The family applied for admission through the Humanitäre Bundesprogramm (humanitarian admission program)  and entered Germany in 2014. “In Lebanon we were often confronted with prejudices against Syrians, for example the idea that they take away living space and jobs,” explains Hiba Kaka about her difficult situation there.

“Where I live now, here in Germany, I feel really great!

Mohammad Kharfan from Syria

“My children experienced terrible things in Syria.”

Photo: Private

This year and last year, Turkey was the country that took in the largest number of refugees: 2.5 million people. One of these refugees was Mohammad Kharfan. With his wife, their five children, his sick mother and other family members he lived in Turkey for the last six months, a few hours from Istanbul.

“In Turkey there was no way for my children to go to school regularly.”

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