MOSCOW, October 9 – Novosti. An increasing number of municipalities in Central Germany on the territory of the former GDR are reaching the limit of their capacity to receive refugees from Ukraine and are refusing to accept new settlers, the MDR broadcasting company reports .
The administration of the cities of Magdeburg, Gera and Halle announced that they would no longer accept Ukrainians, the authorities of Erfurt and Chemnitz are also unlikely to be able to accept new refugees, as they are “close to the limit.”
“In some cities, school gyms are being vacated again and boarding houses, hotels and hostels are being rented out to accommodate refugees. Much resembles the situation of 2015 (migration crisis. – Note ed.),” the television and radio company notes.
According to the German Association of Cities and Communities, municipalities are in a tense situation as they have to accommodate too many people. According to the union’s executive director, Gerd Landsberg, more and more municipalities are reporting that they have “reached their limits.”
Earlier, the heads of 23 municipalities in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg appealed to German Interior Minister Nancy Fraser with a request for financial assistance to provide for Ukrainian refugees.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR ), from February 24 to August 30, more than seven million refugees from Ukraine arrived in European countries.