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Ukrainian refugees: Can Berlin cope with the influx?

It's the same for thousands more Ukrainians. Every day, some 15,000 arrive in Berlin. For almost all of those who travel via Poland, Berlin is their first stop in Germany. Here at the German capital's central train station and at the main bus station in the west of the city, is where all the buses and trains from the border arrive.

It's proving to be a serious challenge for the city. Berlin's mayor, Franziska Giffey, believes the city-state is nearing its limits, as to what it can do for the refugees. Some of the Ukrainians are now being accommodated in halls usually used for trade fairs, she said. That just shows "we are at the limits of our capacities."

Berlin's authorities have asked that responsibility for the incoming refugees be better shared among other German states too. They have even asked for help from the German army. A lot of Germans are also volunteering to help deal with the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe here.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 09:51:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 09:51:58 PM EST
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Thank you for providing links showing that the travel of Ukrainian refugees to Germany is by no means restricted. I am sure, though, that everyone here was already aware of that. When I was a regular here, ET contributors were well read and disinformation was not tolerated.

After Berlin (for obvious geographical reasons) other large cities are "at their limit" = showing how bad preparations for an influx of refugees were. There are now calls to distribute the Ukrainian refugees evenly over the country in the same way as asylum claimants. This is legally impossible, because Ukrainians are a different category residence permit-wise. Asylum claimantss are not´free to choose their place of residence, but the Ukrainians are.

by Katrin on Tue Mar 15th, 2022 at 10:15:41 PM EST
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The "European dream" for the coloured (no matter if their fathers and grandfathers helped their bit in WW1 and WW2).

Integration by giving half your salary of cleaning-staff to an intermediate agency (who often has headquarters in the USA, when profitable enough).
Just follow the name: "diversey.nl" !

by Tom2 on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 06:59:47 PM EST
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