The city of Munich has completely closed the Luisengymnasium near the main train station to create sleeping places for refugees from the Ukraine. According to the school management, the staff for extraordinary events (SAE) together with the city school board, the education department and the ministerial representative for the schools in Munich decided at short notice on Friday. For all students in the municipal high school, this means that they will receive distance learning for at least a week after the carnival holidays. Headmistress Gesa Hollauf announced in a circular to parents and children that the building may only be entered after making an appointment in advance.
This is the city’s short-term response to the rapidly increasing number of refugees from Ukraine who are currently arriving in Munich. According to unofficial figures from the city, there were around two hundred people who needed places to sleep late on Friday evening alone. It was already too late for accommodation in regular accommodation, it said on Saturday in the social department.
As early as Thursday evening, a hall in the main train station, which previously housed the branch of the “l’Osteria” restaurant chain, was converted into an emergency dormitory for 100 people, and there is also a “D3” day residence for the homeless, which is run by Caritas and also in the immediate vicinity of the main train station on Dachauer Strasse, emergency places for women and children.
On Monday, the Office for Housing and Migration will also activate a lightweight hall on Neuherbergstrasse, and by the end of the week up to one hundred refugees will be accommodated in a hotel near the train station, said Gerhard Mayer, head of the Office for Housing and Migration, on Saturday Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Despite all efforts, the coordination between the city, the government of Upper Bavaria and aid organizations is apparently still bumpy, even a week and a half after the outbreak of war in the Ukraine. Most of the refugees who arrive in Munich give way SZ-Information still goes to the government’s arrival center on Maria-Probst-Strasse in the north of Munich, although since Thursday only people who want to apply for asylum have had to register there.
However, refugees from the Ukraine can also receive social benefits and help in finding accommodation without an asylum procedure; they only have to register online with the government of Upper Bavaria within the first 90 days of their arrival ([email protected] ). The city and government say it is important to provide your name, date of birth, address of your current accommodation, email address and telephone number.
On Friday, however, numerous people from Ukraine came to the arrival center and also stayed there overnight. However, according to the observations of a helper who is a migration officer in a district committee, there were only six camp beds. “The children slept on the bare floor,” she told the SZ.
Andrea Betz, head of the Diakonie Munich and Upper Bavaria, said on Saturday that there was a certain traffic jam because of the large number of people who still wanted to be registered there, where the refugees could then be taken overnight. According to their information, the children did not sleep on the floor, but on emergency beds. The government of Upper Bavaria is responsible for accommodating and distributing the people as well as their registration, the Diakonie has taken over the asylum social care.
The government was initially not informed of the efforts of the city of Munich to quickly create more sleeping places for refugees. So there are now possibilities on Richard-Strauss-Straße in Bogenhausen to accommodate people at short notice and to provide them with food and drinks.
Unlike in early autumn 2015, when tens of thousands of refugees arrived at the main train station and later also at the central bus station, there is still no major infrastructure, apart from a small Caritas information stand with interpreters, where those arriving are provided with warm food and drinks or medical care . An internal government e-mail even says it will be chaotic, but the main thing is that the people are housed first. The word “chaotic” is also used again and again in the case of aid organizations and helpers.
That’s how it was complained to a woman from Schwabing on Twitterthat on Saturday night there were apparently hardly any contact persons who could help the refugees. In the hall with camp beds, there weren’t enough blankets for the people and only a bottle of water and a few dry rolls. According to her own statements, the woman quickly took three women and children home with her overnight.
Numerous people were also stranded at the main train station on Saturday, but many want to travel on to relatives or acquaintances. Just like a Ukrainian woman who warmed up in the station mission on Saturday afternoon. She had even taken her cats with her on the run. Your destination is not Munich, but Portugal.
The city of Munich has activated an advice hotline from Monday morning, which refugees and helpers can contact between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., which can be reached by telephone on 089 / 12 69 915 100. The office for housing and migration is now also located at Franziskanerstraße 8 in Haidhausen An information center for refugees is open daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. There, people who have no place to sleep are distributed to accommodations and, according to the city, they also receive cash at the weekend in an emergency.
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