An original translation by Nash Montana
The city can’t take in any more refugees at the time, 500 have to sleep under the open sky. The citizenry decided to confiscate empty properties.
Hamburg can at this time not take in any more refugees. For the first time since the beginning of the refugee crisis, they have exhausted their capacities, says Bjorn Domroese, the office manager of the Senator of the Interior Michael Neumann (SPD), on Wednesday.
500 people couldn’t be accommodated last tuesday. So they had to spend the night in front of the registration center at Harburger Poststrasse, in open air. And on Wednesday there still was not enough room for new refugees. “At this point in time we do not see an easing on this situation”, Domroese adds. The Hamburger Abendblatt also reported on this:
We are doing everything we can to create new accommodations. Domroese tells the newspaper, “It could be as early as tomorrow everything will be better.” On Tuesday they registered 600 refugees, but only 100 could be housed at the registration center in containers and tents.
Thursday night bore similar concerns to the municipal office of the interior. Employees were asked to bring in sleeping bags and serve hot drinks. At the beginning of the week, there were between 400 and 500 new refugees arriving daily in the city, and at the moment there are about 30,000 registered refugees in Hamburg.
Using Properties Even Against the Will of the Owners?
The Hamburg citizenry made a first step towards the confiscation of empty properties and use them for the refugees. In a first session the parliament decided on Wednesday with a majority on the “Law for the security of refugee accommodations in camps”.
The final send off of the new bill happened on Thursday, because the CDU, AfD and FDP had impeded a second session in the Parliament. The final voting resulted in 81 yay and 37 nay. It is therefore the will of the SPD, the Green Party and the Left, that Hamburg has the green light to confiscate properties even against the will of the owners of said properties. This is to prevent that refugees have to live in tents during winter. The FDP has said they will take legal action against this decision.
The Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) states that throughout Germany, there were more than 270,000 refugees coming into the country just alone in the month of September 2015 – widely surpassing the amount of refugees of the entire year of 2014.