After the stop of a lease for a refugee accommodation in Leinefelde-Worbis due to hostilities, Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) announced more state support. In Leinefelde, a mood was created that was "racist" through lies and resentment," said Ramelow on Tuesday in Erfurt. The district administrator of the Eichsfeldkreis stopped the rental contract because he could not guarantee the security of the accommodation and the landlord, said the head of government.
There should be a general discussion about the security of such accommodations. "The district cannot do this alone." According to Ramelow, the cabinet dealt with the problems of housing war refugees from Ukraine on Tuesday. It's about more capacity, also with a view to winter, but also about safety precautions. An action plan for this is being worked on. People in need should continue to be given a bed and a roof over their heads. This is what the majority of Thuringians stand for.
According to Ramelow, the state also wants to organize additional capacities as a branch of the initial reception center in Suhl. He named the Eisenberg branch and a hall in Hermsdorf that had been discussed for months and could offer 500 seats. "What we don't want is to put up tents."
The head of government informed that due to a mistake by the municipalities, the announced 49.5 million euros for refugee accommodation could not yet be used. The reason is that the resolution passed by the state parliament was not published as required. That will now be made up for quickly. The money should be used primarily to prepare unrented apartments for war refugees.
The district of Eichsfeld confirmed that the lease for a heated hall in the center of Leinefelde, in which 150 refugees from Ukraine were to be accommodated, was canceled in agreement with the private landlord. District Administrator Werner Hennig (CDU) told the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) that it had previously been anonymously "expressed with great displeasure". The sound "rocked up". According to the district administration, various anonymous letters appeared on the Internet in which public administration employees were attacked by name, including the landlord.
According to their own statements, many municipalities, like the Eichsfeld district, are currently reaching the limits of their capacity when it comes to accommodating refugees. Around 50 refugees arrived in Sonneberg on their own on Tuesday, as reported by the deputy district administrator, Christian Tanzmeier. They were taken by the district with a bus to the initial reception center in Suhl, "because we have de facto no longer been able to accommodate people". The housing market has been wiped out. There is a lack of initial reception facilities in the country.
According to the State Administration Office, around 29,400 refugees from Ukraine have been taken in Thuringia so far. Again and again, local authorities gave up temporarily because they had no accommodation capacity.