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Berlin to expand former airport shelter to accommodate 3,600 Ukrainians

The city of Berlin has announced it will expand its migrant reception center at the former Tegel airport to make room for an additional 3,600 Ukrainian refugees as the city has seen a surge of new arrivals this year.

Berlin’s local government said two new large tents will be erected on the site of the old airport, which closed in 2021, with the tents fitted with heaters for the winter.

The expansion comes after the airport’s old terminals were also given over to housing Ukrainians fleeing conflict in their country following the Russian invasion in February.

Around 1,500 Ukrainians already live at the old airport, the majority being women with their children, reports the European Union-funded InfoMigrants website.

According to the website, Berlin had a total of 28,000 beds reserved for asylum seekers and refugees before the conflict in Ukraine, but was forced to increase this number after the influx of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war.

Berlin is not the only place in Germany to see a wave of new migrant arrivals, as in addition to the estimated million Ukrainians who entered Germany this year, many other asylum seekers from countries like Afghanistan and Syria have also entered the country, pushing the regions’ ability to accommodate migrants to their limits.

Late last month, Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey warned that her city was at capacity in terms of accommodation capacity for migrants and that other cities had also exhausted their capacity to provide accommodation and facilities. accommodations.

The problem has also been observed in neighboring Austria, which is also experiencing housing problems for new asylum seekers and refugees, with some localities having erected tent camps to cope with new flows of migrants through the Balkan route, while the city of Vienna resorted to using a luxury hotel to house Ukrainian refugees.

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or by e-mail at ctomlinson(at)breitbart.com.


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