German nurse faces eviction from council block where she brought up her children to make way for asylum seekers
Bettina Halbey, 51, has lived in her flat in western Germany for 16 years
The nurse has until May 2016 to leave home where she raised her children
The local municipality is turning the block of flats into a refugee shelter
Bettina Halbey received a letter earlier this month, telling her that she has to move out of her home-of-16-years in Nieheim, west Germany.
The 51-year-old nurse has been told that she has until May next year to vacate her flat, as Germany struggles to find housing for the thousands of refugees and migrants arriving in the country every week.
‘I was completely taken aback,’ Ms Halbey, a mother-of-two, told Die Welt newspaper, according to The Telegraph. ‘I find it impossible to describe how the city has treated me.’
‘I’ve muddled through sorrow and distress, and then I get this notice. It was like a kick in the teeth.’
The council has justified the eviction by saying that it is a ‘free’ solution to the influx of refugees in the town.
‘A new residential unit for 30 refugees in Nieheim would cost €30,000 (£22,000). This solution will cost me nothing,’ Rainer Vidal, the mayor of Nieheim, told Die Welt, adding that the three refugee centres in Nieheim are already full
Ms Halbey’s eviction hit the headlines in Germany after she wrote about her situation in a Facebook post which has been shared more than 200,000 times.
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