According to RND, regional authorities impose temporary limits on new arrivals
Three-quarters of German regions have told the government in Berlin that they can no longer take in Ukrainian refugees, the country’s RND media claimed.
The report, released on Saturday and quoting a spokesman for the German Interior Ministry, said the number of people who have fled Ukraine since late February now exceeds 980,000. Although the influx has slowed down somewhat in recent Lately, several regions have expressed concern that they may be reaching their limits in terms of accommodating migrants, according to the outlet.
The situation is so serious, apparently, that “twelve federal states have currently activated an initial distribution system freeze” in sixteen regions, revealed the representative of the ministry, quoted by the RND.
The official, however, was quick to add that the limits imposed by the regional authorities are temporary and that the doors of the major regions are always open to Ukrainian refugees. She also noted that the federal government provides some 318 properties for their housing, as well as other assistance.
Baden-Württemberg leader Winfried Kretschmann is quoted by RND as saying ten days ago: “We already have more refugees than during the refugee crisis in 2015. The population must be prepared for us to find ourselves in difficult situations again. The official added that sports halls could once again be converted into emergency shelters.
Armin Schuster, Saxony’s interior minister, reportedly wrote a letter to his federal colleague, Nancy Faeser, warning that local communities are having difficulty integrating newcomers.
According to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, several municipalities in Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia have stopped receiving migrants because their shelters have been filled to capacity.
The situation in Bavaria is also serious, as Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told the RND. So far, however, the southern German region is still able to accommodate more migrants.
The official lamented that if the federal government takes on additional responsibilities to welcome even more migrants, “it then leaves the regions alone to complete the task.”
You can share this story on social media: