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Berlin senator wants to accommodate refugees in hotels

BERLIN. Berlin social senator Elke Breitenbach (Left Party) has announced that occupancy in dormitories for refugees and homeless people will be reduced in order to reduce the risk of corona infection for residents. "We are checking under what conditions and at what cost we can accommodate these people in hotels," she told the taz. According to calculations, the accommodation, meals and care of a person in the hotel would cost between 1,500 and 2,000 euros.

Berlin's Senator for Justice Dirk Behrendt (Greens) proposed last month to use hotels to accommodate migrants from overcrowded camps in Greece. "The fact that the people of Lesbos live in makeshift tents in the rain and cold is unworthy of the European Union," Behrendt emphasized. There is enough capacity. Previously, the Refugee Council of Lower Saxony had asked to accommodate asylum seekers from collective accommodation in hotel rooms because of the covid-19 crisis.

Greece brings refugees ashore
In Bremen previously had residents of a refugee home with protests and arson another building after several covid-19 cases had occurred.

Meanwhile, the Greek authorities brought 400 refugees from the island of Lesbos to the mainland on Sunday to protect them from the coronavirus. According to the ARD, it is mainly old and sick people and families.

The camps in front of Moria are overcrowded. More than 37,000 people live in camps that are designed for around 6,000 people. There are still no infections in the refugee camps, while on the mainland more than 150 refugees have been tested positive.

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