RECEA - example case S. family
In summer 2013 the decision has finally been made. As fast as possible the S. family wants to return to her home country. At the last at the beginning of the new school year because the education of both her small children is very important to K. S. K.S. was born in 1978 in Armavir in south west Armenia. The town with about 25,000 inhabitants is just a barely hour by car away from the Armenian capital Yerevan. Many young people from Armavir study at the State University Yerevan. Also Mrs S. completed pedagogical studies there and went to the Financial Academy afterwards. After her training the active young woman marries and is given a small shop by her parents which she is managing with her husband from that day. The young family has two daughters and everything seems as if nothing could tarnish the domestic happiness.
But then the family man gets more and more addicted to alcohol and in the end he is not able anymore to work. Mrs S. is now supposed to take care of her family on her own and after many conflicts she breaks up with her husband. “The protection of my children made this step for me inevitable.”, says Mrs. S and continues: “After the divorce everything got even worse.” Her ex- husband starts to stalk and to threaten her. After several massive attacks K.S. has to escape her violent husband and sees no other way out than leaving her home country Armenia. Due to the fact that she speaks German relatively well she decides to apply for asylum in Germany.
In the beginning of 2012 she comes together with her two little daughters at the age of eight and nine years to Germany where she applies for asylum in Chemnitz. But the life in the refugee centre is difficult for K. S. Frequently conflicts with the neighbours in the home for refugees, the unsatisfactory education situation of her children and the requirements of the authorities burden the three-member family more and more each day. K. S. is an exceptionally independent person and suffers from the compulsion of passivity which is imposed on her from outside. “With beginning of the asylum procedures the possibilities of making decisions for the life of my children and my own life were severely restricted.”, she says in a first meeting with the RECEA coworkers from Frankfurt with whom she got in contact through the agency of Caritas Chemnitz.
After detailed counseling interviews K.S. decides in early summer 2013 to return to Armenia together with her children and applies in July 2013 for a voluntary return to Armenia through the Heimatgarten RECEA project.
In close collaboration with the Caritas organisation Oberlausitz the Office Frankfurt Heimatgarten could organise in succession a quick return for the family to their home country.
“Our long experience with the difficult issue of the voluntary return and our close contacts to reference persons and decision-makers locally in Armenia give us the possibility to provide in cases like the one of the S. family quick and targeted assistance.”, explains Alexander Yaskorski, co-worker of Heimatgarten and commissioner for the RECEA project in Frankfurt. In the beginning of August 2013 the time has already come. The family enters a scheduled flight from Frankfurt am Main towards Armenia where the children can join the classes exactly with the beginning of the new school year and, moreover, will visit the RECEA Heimatgarten Adaptation Centre in Yerevan. Also for the further accompaniment and support in their home country, competent contact persons from the RECEA project stand by K.S. and her daughters.
The escape to Germany has saved my children and me with certain from even worse things and we are very thankful for it.”, says Mrs S. and adds:”however, we are glad and happy, also thanks to the quick and effective support of the RECEA project, that we can return to the home country.