Dortmund and surrounding areas in Germany are being overrun with asylum seekers. Not only is there no sign of a lull, but the rate of arrivals is increasing, according to local reports.
Many thanks to Hermes for this translation from Der Westen:
Immigrant wave in Dortmund — hundreds in emergency shelters
[Photo caption: Processing point for asylum seekers in Dortmund Hachenev. Numerous immigrants waiting for help in front of the registration office and the surrounding streets. Residents are worried.]
Dortmund. The situation at the processing point for immigrants in Dortmund-Hachenev has sharpened. The shelter is full, as is the second one belonging to this complex in Derne. It is an unbearable situation for asylum seekers and residents as well. The immigrants will be located temporarily in sport halls.
350 came just in one night. This is exactly the number of immigrants the center in Hachenev can accept at the initial reception. In spite of having one more shelter in Derne, which has long since reached its full capacity, the conditions are turning dramatic at the processing point for immigrants in Hachenev. It is an unbearable situation for asylum seekers and residents as well. Yesterday a ban on receiving more immigrants was declared. At the worst times, the shelter was hopelessly full with some 880 people. Two cases of chickenpox made crisis management harder. There is a risk of infection. The crowd of immigrants was accommodated yesterday in sport halls
“The number (of immigrants) doubles daily”
Town councilor Wilhelm Steitz is resigned. “I have no explanations and no assessments at all.” The wave of refugees, which has been increasing since August, had formally overrun the city in the last days — “It doubles almost daily.” And it is not only Dortmund which is affected. All reception centers are in the same situation: “In Karlsruhe there are already tent cities”. Asylum procedures in accordance with the regulations are no longer possible. Only crisis management. 300 beds are set up n the early evening in the Brüggmann sport hall. The fire brigades, the St. John’s ambulance brigade and the German Red Cross call the quick establishment of the emergency shelter an “averting of danger”.
“Nobody will have to spend the night in the street,” fire brigade member Dirk Aschenbrenner says. Those refugees who were left stranded in the morning at the doors of the reception center get minimal standards here, rations of food and emergency care. Meanwhile, the city public health department puts great effort into taking blood tests from all refugees and arranging vaccinations. Yesterday in Derne, today in Hachenev. Chicken pox, which is a children’s illness, can be very dangerous for grown-ups with no antibodies against it. Pregnant women and old men are especially in danger
Emergency measures for 24 hours
The healthy ones are given the vaccine — and if possible, transferred the same day to other compounds on the outskirts of Dortmund. It has been promised that capacities will be made available, and together with this, a third reception center will be set up in North Rhine-Westphalia. The emergency measure of the camp beds has been approved only for 24 hours. “After this, proper settlements must be created,” and the responsibility for this lies with the government.
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