The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is organizing help for homeless people as winter approaches. But how does the aid provided for the homeless compare with the resources lavished on “refugees”?
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Presseportal:
How generous! NRW [North Rhine-Westphalia] provides €340,000 for the homeless: sleeping bags, rucksacks, heated tents
Winter is just around the corner, and in the frosty season the homeless in particular are exposed to the freezing cold without protection. In order that the homeless do not fall ill and, in the worst case, freeze to death, the state government in North Rhine-Westphalia wants €340,000 for the procurement of heated tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, durable Provide food and disinfectants.
How generous — this aid money is truly a charity and determined by charity, but by no means comes close to the humanitarian care for asylum seekers, “refugees”, “winter refugees” from the Western Balkans or anyone else who stumbles across the border, who then are in a heated communal accommodation and are provided with three meals a day, or even have an apartment allocated with a fitted kitchen, etc. etc…
With a view to winter, the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia wants to financially support the independent support organizations for the homeless.
According to information from the Rheinische Post (Saturday), Social Affairs Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) is making €340,000 available so that, for example, sleeping bags and backpacks can be procured, but also disinfectants or non-perishable food. According to the ministry, it should also be possible to use state funding to finance alternative options for a warm overnight stay, for example in heated larger tents, in which the relevant hygiene regulations and distance rules for infection protection can then be observed. More than 90 independent homeless support providers from all parts of the country are ready to help.
In addition, the state continues to pursue the approach of either not letting people slip into homelessness in the first place or of finding a place to stay with the help of the housing companies in North Rhine-Westphalia.
In this context, Minister Laumann announced to the Rheinische Post that the “carer projects” started nine months ago in 20 districts and urban districts would be extended for two years, and that two more would be added with the district of Düren and the urban region of Aachen. Despite the difficult conditions during the corona pandemic, 484 apartments were sold to previously homeless households, said Laumann. These included over 100 households with children. A total of 748 people found a new home. In addition, in 340 cases, early advice prevented the threat of housing loss.
As a comparison, Hellequin GB translated an article from the archives that shows how much money North Rhine-Westphalia has spent on “refugees”. He notes:
Here is what I found in comparison about the cost of refugees to the NRW taxpayer. Although the article is now more than five years old, and it seems that after that nobody in the MSM likes to talk about those costs at all anymore, it gives you a clear insight of WHO is IMPORTANT and WHO isn’t to those who make the decisions over people’s lives.
The translated article from PolitikStube:
Westfalen-Blatt: Refugees cost each inhabitant in NRW just under €3 a month
July 3, 2015
On average, each inhabitant of North Rhine-Westphalia paid just under three euros a month for accommodation and care for the refugees last year.
This is what the Westfalen-Blatt (Bielefeld) reported in its Friday edition.
The sum of just under three euros is derived from current data from the State Office IT NRW and the two state youth welfare offices in Cologne and Münster, through which the costs for underage refugees traveling alone are settled.
A total of 557 million euros were paid in North Rhine-Westphalia last year for services under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, such as accommodation, food, medical care, and pocket money.
In addition, €50.3 million was spent in Westphalia-Lippe (€11.2 million) and in the Rhineland (€39.1 million) for the care of underage refugees traveling alone.
If you divide the total (€607.3 million) by the population of North Rhine-Westphalia (17.6 million), the cost per citizen is €34.50 per year or €2.87 per month.
“Overall, refugee costs are an enormous burden for cities and municipalities. The conversion to every citizen also shows that fears that refugees would endanger our prosperity or our welfare state are absurd,” said the CDU member of the state parliament and refugee expert André Kuper from Rietberg (Gütersloh district) the Westfalen-Blatt.
The costs will be significantly higher this year. André Kuper reckons “at least three to four times as much.” There are two reasons for this: Whereas 45,000 refugees came to NRW in 2014, 85,000 to 125,000 are forecast for this year. “In addition, more and more cities no longer have space for refugees and have to create living space — either by buying or renting containers or building houses,” says the member of the state parliament.