Gabrielle Keller and her neighbors were served eviction notices by the city council to make way for migrants, since local shelters are at maximum capacity, according to n-tv.
Gabrielle Keller is the second woman to be moved to make way for Germany’s self-inflicted invasion of migrants, following the case of Bettina Halbey, a 51-year-old nurse who was shifted from her home in Nieheim in the country’s north.
“I think it’s a scandal to throw tenants out of their apartments,” she said. “I can’t see the sense of it.”
Keller has lived in the same, government-owned, three-story house for 16 years, and brought up her two sons as a single mother in the 90 sq/m apartment. On September 1, she and her neighbours received an eviction notice. In the notice, the local municipality explained that it is going to use the rental house as additional accommodation for refugees because the town’s three shelters have filled up.
Ulrich Ropertz, director of the German Tenants’ Association said: “I think this is inadmissible – regardless of whether it comes from a private landlord, a city or a housing association. If something is there is an aim of giving to one renter instead of another, I can see no reason this has no legal existence.”
But the local authorities disagree, with Mayor Mario Schlafke telling Die Welt: “The council hasn’t taken a frivolous decision… The alternative would have been to set up beds in the gym.
“We have no other homes and no land,” he explained, despite the local government’s decision to take more migrants.
Towns and cities across Germany are desperately trying to accommodate the tens of thousands of refugees streaming into the country with forced evictions becoming commonplace as local authorities try to put a roof over the head of the inbound invasion.
The town of Bremen is planning similar moves, with their social department preparing compensation payments for those affected. Spokesman Bernd Schneider said the law would be changed if needed, to minimise the impact on the local authority.
The news follows repeated, violent incidents at refugee centres in the country, as well as the nation considering easing its minimum wage laws to assist migrants looking for low paid work. Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing political and public backlash by accepting up to one million migrants into Germany this year. The move is beginning to look more and more like a move to attract cheap labour to Germany, rather than help genuine refugees. Overwhelmed authorities in the country have said that many are pretending to be Syrian to get settled in Germany.