Refugees in Germany: counties are also calling for a refugee summit

refugees in Germany
Counties are also calling for a refugee summit

Three women from the Ukraine on their way to the state reception center for refugees in Ellwangen.  Photo: Stefan Puc

Three women from the Ukraine on their way to the state reception center for refugees in Ellwangen. photo

© Stefan Puchner/dpa

The voices after a refugee summit are getting louder. When it comes to receiving and accommodating Ukrainian refugees, the capacity limits have already been reached in many places.

The German District Association has at the accommodation warned by refugees about conditions like in the years of the strong migration movement in 2015 and 2016.

"When receiving and accommodating Ukrainian refugees reached the capacity limits in many places," said the president of the municipal association, Reinhard Sager, the editorial network Germany (RND). "We don't want conditions like 2015/2016, but we are heading for exactly that," warned Sager.

According to him, refugees currently have to be accommodated in gyms. "Above all, the provision of housing for the refugees, but also the provision of places in day-care centers and schools, as well as health care, are increasingly becoming a problem," he continued. As before, the German Association of Cities called Sager refugee summit. The district council also expects the federal and state governments to reimburse the municipal costs for the refugees.

Previously also President of the City Council Markus Lewe called for a new refugee summit to be convened with the federal states and local authorities as soon as possible in view of the bottlenecks in accommodation. From the City Day's point of view, it is alarming that more and more federal states are allowing themselves to be blocked for taking in Ukrainian war refugees. As a result, the distribution of refugees no longer works, Lewe told the German Press Agency. It is important that the federal government intervene quickly in a coordinating manner.

According to information from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, 9 of the 16 federal states have activated a block in the initial distribution system. According to reports, these are North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia and Saarland.


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