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Most German regions can’t take in more Ukrainians – media — Analysis

RND states that temporary limitations are being imposed by regional authorities on the entry of newcomers.

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 outlet has claimed.

The report, published on Saturday and citing a spokesperson for Germany’s ministry of the interior, said the number of people who have fled to the country from Ukraine since late February has now exceeded 980,000. Although there has been a slight slowdown in the recent influx, many regions are concerned that the country may be running out of space for migrants, as the outlet claimed.

The situation is so dire that it seems impossible to imagine a better future. “twelve federal states have currently activated a freeze on the initial distribution system” out of sixteen regions, the ministry’s representative revealed, as quoted by RND. 

The official hastened to add, though, that the limits imposed by regional authorities are temporary and that larger regions’ doors are still open to Ukrainian refugees. The federal government provides 318 property pieces for refugees, in addition to other aid. 




RND quotes Winfried Kretschmann as saying ten days back: “We already have more refugees than in the refugee crisis in 2015. The population must be prepared that we will find ourselves in difficult situations again.”Official added that emergency shelters could be made from sports halls. 

According to reports, Armin Schuster was the interior minister for Saxony and wrote a warning letter to Nancy Faeser, warning about difficulties in integrating newcomers into local communities. 

According to newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, several municipalities in Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia have stopped taking in any more migrants as their shelters have been filled to capacity.

RND was also informed by Joachim Herrmann (local interior minister) about the dire situation in Bavaria. The southern German region has been able to receive more immigrants so far. 

An official complained that the federal government is not taking on more responsibility to receive additional migrants. “it then leaves the regions alone to accomplish the task.”

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