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Duisburg will erect a “tent city”!

On 11/08 we were in Duisburg and spoke to families living in a Lager near the place where the evening event took place (Friedenstraße). They mainly complained about the fact that they have no permission to work. But we got reports of another Lager which is in Masurenallee, 8km away from the city. To quote our source, “there is no infrastructure, there are no shops, it is just containers put up in the middle of nowhere.”

Some days later we learnt from a local newspaper that Duisburg plans to erect a “tent city” and that newly arrived refugees will have to live there. One should think that Duisburg has been at the centre of an earthquake or any other environmental disaster – but this is not the case: It is just the way the “refugee administration” in Duisburg and other cities works and the fact that they don’t want refugees to live in private housing. For more than two years now it has been clear that more people are fleeing, Roma people from discrimination and persecution, and there are the wars in Syria, in Iraq… , but they say they haven’t been prepared for “so many people” coming. Now, take a look at the relation: Duisburg has more than 486,000 inhabitants and, according to the newspaper article, only about 1,500 refugees are living in Duisburg. This is next to nothing. As stated in another newspaper article, even during a citizens’ meeting in Duisburg-Walsum where the “tent city” is planned to be many people asked why Duisburg is not going to house asylum seekers in the many empty flats that exist. One of the answers was that refugees need assistance and advice when they arrive and that mass accommodation makes this easier – but this is exactly what one doesn’t get in this kind of accommodation, at least in most cases. Apart from that, do they think refugees are small children who who don’t find their way through the city (after all those countries travelled through)? And in a “tent city”, no one will have any privacy which will make women vulnerable to sexual harassment.

Our demands: no new mass accommodation, no containers, no tents! Refugee women, children and other family members need a place to live, they want to be treated as human beings, they don’t want to be warehoused somewhere or live in the open in tents.

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