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Germany: CDU wants 5.5 billion from the federal government for refugee accommodation

The parliamentary secretary of the Union parliamentary group, Thorsten Frei (CDU), has sharply criticized the temporary refusal by Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) to provide more money for the municipalities to accommodate refugees and a doubling of federal funds to 5.5 billion euros.

Berlin - "In 2022, 1.3 million more people came to Germany than in the two migration crisis years of 2015 and 2016 combined," Frei told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (Saturday edition). The municipalities have so far managed to do it brilliantly. "But they need at least twice as much support as the 2.75 billion euros planned for this year," warned the CDU politician.

"Mrs. Faeser seems to live on another planet. Her statements on how to deal with the migration challenges in the cities, communities and counties has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the reality on the ground", said Frei to the minister's statements that she could not understand the demands of the municipalities at this point in time. He also criticized the minister's no to limiting the number of refugees, because eight out of ten refugees come from Ukraine and there can be no upper limit for humanity.

Frei said: "In the meantime, hardly any Ukrainians are coming, but instead 30,000 asylum seekers every month." More control and limitation of migration is needed, since there is often a lack of housing, daycare and school places and doctors in the municipalities. "If the coalition cannot or does not want to change its policy, it must at least give the municipalities better financial support as soon as possible," said Frei.

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