Housing capacity for refugees and asylum seekers has reached its peak in Berlin
Berlin faces the problem of continuing to take in refugees because it has reached capacity and does not have enough money to house them properly, claims its ruling mayor, Franziska Giffey.
According to Mayor Giffey, soon the city will no longer be able to accommodate the increasing number of refugees arriving, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
She also revealed that 100,000 Ukrainians live in the German capital alone, adding that Berlin has reached capacity and can no longer accept refugees.
The mayor also says that Berlin is not the only one affected by the lack of housing, but many other cities in Germany have warned of a general lack of housing.
“We, the city-states in particular, and especially Berlin as a main attraction, have now almost exhausted our capacities (…)”, she also told the German tabloid Bild am Sonntag.
In order to deal with the situation, Giffey called for new measures to be taken by the federal government, among other things, by building more social housing to better accommodate people, more financial support for major costs and a fair distribution. throughout the federal territory. territory.
Commenting on the situation, the managing director of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, also told the newspaper that Germany needs concrete steps in this regard, not just resolutions.
In addition, he also added that accommodation options are now limited, pointing out that hotel rooms are already rented and collective accommodation is in the pipeline, for example in gymnasiums.
“The federal government must finally support housing finance. Municipalities are at their limit; without the promised support, they will soon be unable to act”, Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer also pointed out.
As InfoMigrants explains, after the significant increase in the number of Ukrainian refugees and asylum seekers, Berlin opened another shelter.
Meanwhile, the state Office for Refugee Accommodation (LAF) revealed that last week it was expected that up to 60 people would be housed in a former hotel in the northwest neighborhood of Moab. The same also noted that the maximum capacity of the center has been set at 300 people and is expected to be reached in the coming days.
According to the local Berliner Morgenpost, in the first nine months of this year, 12,237 new asylum seekers were registered, double the same period a year ago, which was 7,812, where in total, the numbers reached 12,175 records.
Additionally, around 340,000 Ukrainians received initial care in Berlin, of which 100,000 were reportedly placed in longer-term accommodation.