Space for refugees at world's biggest trade expo site in Germany

2015-08-06 19:03


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Hanover - The world's biggest trade expo site, in Hanover, Germany, is to provide space for 300 of the tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived in Germany recently, officials said on Thursday.

Germany is facing an unprecedented influx of migrants that is expected to reach nearly 500 000 over the course of 2015, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) confirmed earlier this week.

Municipal officials said that 300 new arrivals would have to be put up in a trade exhibition pavilion at the city's fairgrounds. Cubicles would be set up so that sleeping spaces are separated from one another.

"Of course we are concerned to maintain their privacy," a city spokesperson said. The pavilion has been retained until the end of September, by which time the city hopes to rent more suitable accommodation for the refugees.

The Hanover Fair site is rated the biggest in the world by the square metres of its covered pavilions.

In other cities, authorities are resorting to tents to house asylum seekers, who come from countries that include Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Serbia. Germany attempts to distribute new arrivals evenly to districts all over the country.

While welcoming committees have been set up in some communities, right-wing hostility has also been growing. Violence against immigrants and attacks on their accommodation are becoming an almost weekly occurrence with 202 incidents in the first half of the year.

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