Town of 4,000 finds out it will receive 3,000 migrants, “If you don’t like hosting refugees in your town, you can leave the country”
A town with a population of 4,000 finds out it will soon receive 3,000 migrants…. and the Mayor didn’t have any advance warning.
In another town, the regional Governor basically told everyone, “if you don’t like it (having 400 refugees dropped in your town) — you can leave! We have, as Germans, freedom, and you are free to leave if do not agree.”
It’s post-war divvying up of the spoils without the war. Just the surrender.
3,000 for the Refugee Coordinator is NO PROBLEM
[Refugee Coordinator] “I unfortunately cannot pay any attention to the ratio of refugees to inhabitants of the town.”yor feels he is being ignored.
[Mayor] “It is definitely rather venturesome of the administrators to simply make decisions for our location. It is not good policy.”
To begin with…Langenlohnsheim is a village in Rheinland-Pfalz with 4,000 inhabitants. The problem…3,000 refugees will be arriving in only a few days and will be housed in this empty building.n The story…the interaction between the placement officials and the local citizens who shall ultimately be responsible for welcoming the refugees. The citizens of the town only learned by accident that this building should expect to house so many refugees! And the first person to fall from the clouds this morning is the mayor, himself. I go to meet Mayor Michael Czupalla and talk to him about the 3,000 refugees that are to arrive in mere days. The news nearly blew him over, he explains. And also…that he was even able to catch wind of the operation.
[Mayor] “The middle of last week the rumors came to me…it was said that [the decision to use] Langenlohnsheim was concrete. Then Mr. Placzek called me on Saturday to let me know that a large number would arrive…But nonetheless, it wouldn’t have hurt for the officials to speak with us first to determine our situation. And as you can see we are not on the edge of the town, we are directly in the middle! The potential for conflict is already preprogrammed.”
The Refugee Coordinator for Rheinland Pfalz is here…Detlef Placzek. Sudden and spontaneous citizens’ protests appear on the other side of the street. Despite their extreme upset, they appear to be of good will…
[Man in the car] No! 3,000 is too many. Maybe 1,000.
What would be okay here?
[Man on the street] 200-300. I think 10% would be a fair solution…but more than that is a ghetto and we don’t want a ghetto!
[Man with a bike] I haven’t ever had any bad experiences [with refugees]
So you are positive on the issue.
[Mann with a bike] Yes, I am positive….but not for 2,500 or 3,000 or even more than that.
Just this Saturday, the Refugee Coordinator communicated with the Mayor that he would be coming to see the area himself and determine if 3,000 refugees would be too many.
Which criteria do you use to make the determination?
[Placzek] “If this bordering neighborhood is unified to accept the sheltering of refugees and just how many… But you must give me the chance to look at the place. I haven’t been able to see for myself.”
Happily! We will simply tag along…And then the observation begins.
[Placzek] “Ok that is the building Delphi…then comes the living area…”
Mr. Placzek will check out the area for the living quarters. It is directly next to a neighborhood. You are now deciding on the exact number of refugees…so 900 plus 1,500…what are you deciding on now?
[Placzek] Yes, I am determining the overall size…
And are you going to look inside the buildings to see where the refugees will sleep?
[Placzek] ‘No, I already know enough information to that end…When it comes to possibilities for housing refugees, if I may be so bold, that is A PIECE OF CAKE for us. The entire infrastructure is already available, and we have water, functioning fire alarms, large open areas…so according to these points, everything can be checked off!
And so you have already spoken with someone here and tested the conditions.
[Placzek] Naturally, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. There is no discussion to it.
No one here has spoken with him, or?
[Placzek] I personally? (walks off)
[Mayor] On Saturday morning…yes
That’s a bit late, isn’t it?
[Mayor] Yes, good. That is so. I would have liked to know about it sooner. That is right.
With the expectation of housing 3,000 refugees this is an understandable wish. The first person to learn the result of the visit is of course the mayor.
[Placzek] “I unfortunately cannot pay any attention to the ratio of refugees to inhabitants of the town. It isn’t possible. And for that reason I have informed the local authorities that I will suggest to the state government that they stay under the level of 1,000 and that they should avoid building tents, and should there be any changes to notify [the local authorities] by letter by the middle of next week.”
So the plans to house some 2,000 refugees here are for the time being suspended…but there are still some 1,000 refugees to be allotted to the small town. The mayor does not believe that this is the right strategy for success if the public is to play a role.
[Mayor] “I hope that they can learn from this…while the problem of dimension is currently solved, but this is only an initial welcome
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