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Specialists directive

The specialists directive passed in early April this year encourages measures such as those serving to integrate foreign specialists. In future, districts and self-governing cities will be able to take targeted measures to secure skilled specialists, taking into account regional factors. The areas supported by the directive are deliberately broad in order to give the regions leeway when planning suitable projects.

»Occupancy rights« support directive

Publisher: Saxon State Ministry of the Interior

The Saxon districts and self-governing cities receive an allowance to establish occupancy rights. The Saxon state government wants the support programme to encourage the housing of refugees at a community level. Private individuals and legal entities (citizens and companies) can provide vacant living space to house refugees in return for a one-off payment (in addition to rent).

Support directive: »Integrative measures«

Publisher: Saxon State Ministry for Equal Opportunity and Integration at the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

The Free State supports the varied, volunteer integration work in Saxony through the »Integrative measures« directive. For the first time ever, comprehensive assistance is provided for work encouraging integration. The content of potential projects has purposely been kept broad in order to cater to the many different sponsors and approaches. For projects commencing 1/5 or later, applications may be lodged until 28/2 of the respective year.

»Social support for refugees« support directive

Publisher: Saxon State Ministry for Equal Opportunity and Integration at the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

The »Social support« directive enables the municipal housing authorities, districts and self-governing cities to receive funding for staffing and material expenses associated with providing social care for refugees. This facilitates urgent necessary assistance on site to help people get their bearings in everyday life. Applications for allowances under the »Social support« directive must be submitted to the approval authority by 15 October of the previous year.

Asylum Support Guide

Publisher: Saxon State Ministry of the Interior

The Asylum Support Guide provides an overview of Saxony's support programmes, which also include assistance for asylum-seekers. Brief descriptions of the programmes allow preselections to be made. The relevant contacts and URLs shown can be used for more detailed information.

Tax measures to encourage assistance for refugees

The Federal Ministry of Finance, together with the individual states, has decided on tax relief measures to encourage assistance for refugees. The measures apply from 1 August 2015 to 31 December 2016, and make it easier to prove donations in income tax returns. It is also easier for non-profit associations to carry out aid initiatives for refugees. And employees can use part of their wage for refugees tax-free.


Simplifying proof of donations

For donations paid into a special account set up for refugee aid by 31 December 2016, all that is needed for proof in the income tax return is the deposit receipt, entry confirmation (e.g. account statement or direct debit receipt) or computer print-out from the online banking system. An official donation confirmation is not required. Special accounts for refugee aid can particularly be set up by cities and municipalities, other public legal entities, or welfare associations.


Donation initiatives and aid by non-profit associations

Non-profit associations, such as those for sport, education, customs or garden plots, which, according to their bylaws, do not pursue any charitable purposes, may also collect donations as part of special initiatives to help refugees until 31 December 2016, and issue donation confirmations for these. The associations may use these donations themselves, or forward them to another non-profit or charity body (e.g. a welfare association), a public legal entity (e.g. cities or municipalities) or a public centre established to help refugees.


Info hotline for Saxon finance authorities

General questions about the tax measures taken to encourage assistance for refugees may also be clarified by the Saxon finance authorities' info hotline, which is available Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 12pm on 0351 79997888 (calls cost the same as those made to a German landline).

Asylum FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers on the asylum issue

Frequently asked questions and answers on the asylum issue

How can I help?

How can I help?

Aid programme contacts

Employment

Employing refugees

Are refugees allowed to work?

Service portal Amt24

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Asylum information Amt24

Studies

Refugees and studies

Are refugees allowed to study?

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