Schwesig invites municipal associations to the refugee summit in MV

Against the background of ongoing protests against the construction of collective accommodation for refugees, top representatives of the municipal associations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the state government are meeting today for a consultation. The district council as well as the city and community council had already made it clear before the meeting in the Schwerin State Chancellery that they needed further help from the state. This applies in particular to the support of schools and day-care centers when taking in refugee children. In addition, in view of the increasingly scarce accommodation for refugees in the municipalities, an increase in the capacities provided by the state in the initial reception facilities is said to be necessary. The city and community day presented a three-page claim paper.

According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, around 5,000 asylum seekers came to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania last year, almost twice as many as the year before. According to the Interior Ministry, the country took in more than 22,000 refugees from Ukraine in 2022. For months, districts and municipalities have been pointing to an acute lack of accommodation for refugees. Local protests against the construction of collective accommodation are growing. Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) had already spoken out in favor of smaller accommodation units, but according to the municipalities, there are no apartments for this.

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