Well, if we’re on the Hamburg city council, when we run out of space for the “refugees” in municipal facilities, we pass a law that allows us to confiscate private property in the city.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from Die Welt:
Hamburg’s Capacity for Refugee Housing is Exhausted
The city can’t take in any more refugees at this time; 500 have to sleep under the open sky. The municipality decided to confiscate empty properties.
At this time Hamburg cannot take in any more refugees. For the first time since the beginning of the refugee crisis, they have exhausted their capacity, says Bjorn Domroese, the office manager for the Senator for the Interior, Michael Neumann (SPD), on Wednesday.
500 people couldn’t be accommodated last Tuesday. So they had to spend the night in front of the registration center at Harburger Poststrasse, in the open air. And on Wednesday there still was not enough room for new refugees. “At this point in time we do not see an easing of this situation,” Domroese adds. The Hamburger Abendblatt also reported on this.
Everything possible is being done to create new accommodations. Domroese tells the newspaper, “It could be as early as tomorrow that everything will be better.” Tuesday 600 refugees were registered, but only 100 could be housed at the registration center in containers and tents.
The night before Thursday bore similar concerns for the municipal office of the interior. Employees were asked to bring in sleeping bags and serve hot drinks. At the beginning of the week, there were between 400 and 500 new refugees arriving in the city daily, and at the moment there are about 30,000 registered refugees in Hamburg.
Using Properties Even Against the Will of the Owners?
The Hamburg municipality took the first step towards the confiscation of empty properties and using them for the refugees. In a first session, a majority of the parliament decided on Wednesday for the “Law for the security of refugee accommodations in camps”.
The final submission of the new bill occurred on Thursday, because the CDU, AfD and FDP had impeded a second session in the Parliament. The final voting resulted in 81 in favor and 37 against. It is therefore the will of the SPD, the Green Party and the Left, that Hamburg has the green light to confiscate properties even against the will of the owners of said properties. This is to prevent the refugees from having to live in tents during winter. The FDP has said they will take legal action against this decision.
Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) states that throughout Germany there were more than 270,000 refugees coming into the country in the month of September alone — greatly surpassing the number of refugees during the entire year of 2014.
In Hamburg-Bergedorf, refugees slept on the street to protest conditions, whereas in Hamburg-Harburg refugees are sleeping on the street because they have no other choice.