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“Unfortunately we have few options”

As short as the bunk beds were set up, they fill up again quickly.

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“Unfortunately we have few options”

As short as the bunk beds were set up, they fill up again quickly. Hip digital trade fairs are usually held in the exhibition halls, but now the helpers have set up partitions, lockers and beds in one of the halls again at the beginning of October. And the refugee pressure on Hamburg remains so high that the reserve is no longer available.

Martin Helfrich, press spokesman for the social security authority, says: "In the meantime, almost all the seats in the exhibition hall have been taken, meaning around 400 people have been accommodated." In the last few months, 2,000 war refugees from the Ukraine have come to Hamburg every month. In addition, migration via other routes picks up again in autumn. 1,336 more people reached the city in September, about 40 percent of them were Afghans, followed by Syrians and Iranians.

The city expects the influx to continue. Helfrich says: "Unfortunately, we have few options and have to actually use everything that is available to us."

Hamburg's Social Senator Melanie Leonhard and Interior Senator Andy Grote recently described the dramatic situation in the refugee accommodation. At the time, the two SPD politicians warned against overloading the city's aid system. Everywhere in the city, the staff office is looking for refugees and the municipal provider is looking for funding

Everything has to go fast these days. Within four weeks, the former market hall at Kieler Strasse 553/555 was converted, from heating, plumbing and electrics to fire protection measures and painting and carpentry work. The DRK-Eimsbüttel received the keys on Sunday last week, and around 150 refugees have been living there since then. Yvonne Ehnert, spokeswoman for f

The city has also recently begun to rent hotels on a large scale. One of the first in the spring was the former Sofitel hotel on Alter Wall. This ceased operations in 2021 and will now be used to accommodate the refugees for a year, 865 places are available. A large number of other hotels have also been added, the NAG Boarding House in Wandsbek, for example, is only to be occupied in the first quarter of 2023. The partners involved are also slowly running out of employees: at Fördern

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