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German town to house Ukrainian refugees in ‘Z’ caravans – Bild – RT World News


Hamburg is facing a housing shortage for refugees as tens of thousands of people are in need of accommodation, the outlet reports

The city of Hamburg in northern Germany plans to offer asylum seekers, including Ukrainians, “tinytrailers as accommodation, German tabloid Bild reported on Saturday. Hamburg faces a severe housing shortage for refugees as tens of thousands of people in need of protection already lack housing, and around 100 new arrivals arrive every day, according to the newspaper.

The trailers presented as a potential solution to the crisis are only six meters long and 2.5 meters wide and are designed to accommodate between four and six people, according to Bild. So far, the city has leased a total of 50 of these “little houses” as part of a test project.

A photo published by Bild, which claims to depict one of the rented caravans, shows the accommodation container covered in crimson ‘Z’ letters. Although apparently used to mark containers as suitable for overnight stays, the letters “Z” also resemble an unofficial symbol used by Russian forces during Moscow’s ongoing campaign in Ukraine.

The project has already received approval from the city’s social policy minister, Melanie Leonhard, who found a refugee camp she had visited “appropriate,” while Bild described them as “tight but well thought out” and compared them to “camping” trailers.

It’s unclear what potential mobile home residents think of the initiative. According to Bild, more than 50,000 asylum seekers, including Syrians, Afghans and some 20,000 Ukrainians, are currently seeking accommodation in the city.

City authorities now intend to place the mobile homes in areas where there are currently no accommodations for asylum seekers. Germany would struggle to take in all the refugees who have arrived there amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. In early October, 23 municipal leaders across the country warned that local authorities had exhausted all resources to help new arrivals. Municipalities “have your back against the wall” a seven-page open letter written at the time by the claimed municipal leaders.

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