I'm writing this message on behalf of a close friend. They are Syrian and just arrived to Germany legally to study. They must open a bank account to receive money from her "blocked account". Unfortunately we haven't found a bank that will accept them because they're Syrian. Do you know of any banks that they can open an account in? They're a legal resident, has a up-to-date Syrian passport, and didn't arrive as a refugee.

Thank you for your help.

asked Oct 27, 2020 in Money by bankquestion

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Hello and welcome to the Wefugees Community!

I am actually surprised to hear that your friends are struggling to open a bank account as legal residents. As far as I know, there is even a law which says everyone staying in Germany (even asylum seekers and tolerated people/Duldung holders) is entitled to get a so-called “Basiskonto” for the daily transactions.

I found this website which refers to that law. I would encourage your friends to talk to the bank again. If this doesn’t help, a local migration counseling office might be able to support as well.

However, please also don’t hesitate to get back to us with any further questions.

All the best,


answered Oct 30, 2020 by Meike
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