On the outskirts of Berlin, about 1,000 people spend the night in enormous heated tents on an ancient airfield. The capital of Germany struggles to provide adequate housing for Ukrainian refugees.
As winter deepens and Russia threatens Ukraine energy infrastructure, officials here are hurrying to build new emergency shelters to accommodate an additional 10,000 people. Expected
According to the latest figures, a million cases flooded Germany, and war had begun.
It has brought back memories of 2015 and 2016 when a relatively small number of people sought refuge here.
After that, Germany initially received a warm welcome. But now there are growing concerns about how best to accommodate such a large number of people.
Every day, roughly 100 Ukrainians arrive at Berlin’s main refugee processing center, which is housed in a terminal in a converted former airport.
Workers in brilliantly colored tabards take passengers through abandoned luggage trolleys to ancient departure halls that are now crammed with jammed desks.
Food, medical attention, and a bed for a few nights are provided.
Strangers sleep in bunks in shared cubicles or tents; it is temporary.
But many people here plan to stay longer. Finding long-term accommodation in a city with a tight rental market is getting more and more challenging, and it’s also getting harder to move individuals to other regions of Germany.
Kleo Tümmler, operations manager, concedes that this is a challenge:
“We’re simply staying for a few days to look after the locals.”. They occasionally have to stay for two or three weeks.”
The center is calm in spite of the logistical challenges.
Making people’s lives as simple and comfortable as possible appears to be a top priority for Ms. Tumler and her coworkers.
They are attempting to accommodate the needs of long-term visitors. They’ve purchased washing machines, are attempting to provide entertainment, and are expanding educational facilities for the 300 children on the site
some of whom attend Ukrainian schools through video links at home. but they are studying
He claims that he has taken these lessons from the 2015 experience.
However, their optimism is completely absent.
A lawmaker from northwest Germany recently published an editorial in a national publication to warn that the growing influx of countless Ukrainian migrants and asylum seekers would “massively devastate” areas like his. “Challenged”
Asylum seekers have grown in number, primarily coming from Afghanistan and Syria.
He agreed with remarks made earlier in the year by Martina Schweinsberg, a district councilor in Thuringia,
who claimed that her area relied on private landlords to shelter Ukrainians, particularly women, children, and the elderly. However, he was hesitant to do so at the time.
Converting school gymnasiums for emergency housing was becoming increasingly unpopular, he said.
He stated that our powers had been depleted. “We’re up against a brick wall.”
Authorities have registered 65 attacks on refugee accommodation so far this year, a considerable rise from 2021.
Additionally, a recent survey done by the national broadcaster revealed that worries about immigration had grown over the previous year: 53% of those surveyed expressed anxiety about the number of people entering Germany, a rise of 11% from September 2021. More
Vladimir Putin of Russia’s newest effort to make Ukraine uninhabitable and entice more of its residents to Europe aimed to capitalize on this fear and societal discord.
It will put the German government’s tolerance to the test,
as it came to office with a significantly more liberal stance toward refugees than its predecessor.
The way this nation responds will differ given how the refugee crisis has drastically changed it.