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Berlin city council accuses migrants of social fraud

BERLIN. The city councilor for social affairs in the Berlin district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Matthias Steuckardt (CDU), has accused eastern European migrants who live in a homeless shelter there of social fraud. He himself observed how residents drove up in luxury cars. “That annoys me because black sheep are exploiting our rule of law to the detriment of those who really need help,” he told the RBB.

According to the broadcaster, there is a second accommodation where the same is reported by residents. “I have observed that new cars are constantly coming up, 7 Series BMW, 5 Series BMW, Porsche. The people come from Romania, ”said one of them. The men who drove the luxury cars would have a key to the homeless shelter. Other residents also observed a "business activity, including drugs".

The migrants with the expensive cars are only there in summer. There is a real "homeless tourism". According to the RBB, there are photos that go back to 2017 and testify to this.

Home manager denies allegations - caretaker confirms them
The broadcaster also spoke to an insider from the industry who knows the "system" well. In his opinion, people are not needy. “Some pay up to 600 euros to be admitted and thus registered. With a registration, there are also social benefits, Hartz IV and child benefit,” he said.

The home manager denied this. People who lived in the property did not have a car. However, the RBB reported to have found a Romanian with a station wagon in front of the homeless shelter who confirmed that he lived there. The caretaker testified that the owner of a BMW also lived in the home and that he “couldn't understand that”.

Little official handling of social fraud
Steuckardt complained that his office had little action against the apparent fraudulent exploitation of social benefits, since it could not, for example, check Romanian EU citizens for assets.

Homeless people are housed according to the so-called General Security and Order Act (ASOG). The social welfare office is normally only active when “the life and health of the homeless are at risk”.

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