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Germany faces massive shortfall in refugee housing

Jan 22, 2016 | News

(22 January 2016) – Accommodation for asylum seekers in Germany is increasingly hard to come by, and the refugees who arrived last year will soon need tens of thousands of additional homes, warned experts.

Housing is an increasingly difficult issue to manage, and authorities are struggling to house the refugees that have been admitted into the country. Most currently live in temporary lodgings, while local municipalities attempt to find something more permanent. If the issue is going to be resolved, then there needs to be a national rethink, said experts.

Just for the refugees that arrived in Germany last year, between 60,000 and 125,000 additional dwellings will be needed, according to a report by the Robert Bosch committee on refugee policy. Last year, the Institute of the German Economy (IW) in Cologne even predicted higher figures, forecasting the need for 430,000 homes for 800,000 refugees.

Although the exact numbers are still not confirmed, it seems that the German housing market is likely to come under immense pressure. (EurActiv)

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