Sunday, February 05, 2017

German residents build FENCE around flats to keep away from new refugee centre

RESIDENTS at an apartment complex in Germany have erected a 1.63 metre-high fence around their building in anticipation of a new refugee shelter opening in the area.More than 300 asylum seekers will move into the new shelter in the Grunau district of Leipzig next month, following a renovation project that cost £5.2million (€6million). But locals in an adjacent block of flats are fuming with the development and have built the fence in an effort to keep the migrants out.The residents of Weissdornstrasse decided to build the £17,000 (€20,000) barrier at their annual meeting last summer. But now the fence is up, some German citizens living in the building have complained they feel trapped in a “ghetto”. One resident said: “We feel like we are in the ghetto.”Another said the elderly struggle to reach their flats because they must now take a “detour of 300 metres”. The resident continued: “This is an impertinence, especially for the elderly people.” Leipzig is required to take 13 per cent of all refugees seeking asylum in the federal German state of Saxony.Saxony is required to take 5.1 per cent of all refugees arriving in Germany. Despite a dramatic decrease in the amount of refugees given access to Germany in the last two years – 890,000 in 2015 to 305,000 in 2016 – attacks committed against refugees remain at a steadier level. Germany’s Interior Ministry recorded 970 attacks in 2016 against refugee shelters – just six per cent lower than the number of attacks in 2015.And Germany authorities have evidence a further 2,396 attacks were committed against refugees last year. But Angela Merkel’s open-door immigration policy has had its own disastrous consequences.Government reports confirm refugees committed 200,000 crimes in Germany in 2015. And in the first three months of 2016, migrants were linked to 69,000 would-be or actual crimes, according to police figures.

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