In November 2016 the Lebenshilfe Hamburg has published a protection programme for disabled refugees. The programme needs to consider all areas of housing, care and support of disabled refugees in each respective facility.
This programme aims to provide extra protection for refugees who need help due to certain circumstances or characteristics (e.g. age, gender, health). The measures are designed not only to help those in danger of direct violence, but also to protect people against not receiving the help they need, against neglect, against isolation and against the preservation and building of barriers. Refugees with disabilities are defined as particularly vulnerable and belong group of especially vulnerable refugees. To set up a protection programme, it is essential to define a group that is in particular need of protection and to develop measures that guarantee their safety.