Germany will spend £450 MILLION on a ‘multi-year’ contract housing up to 10,000 refugees at Holiday Inn hotels
- German government in talks with hotels to home refugees in Berlin
- Berlin Senate is looking to place 10,000 people in hotel rooms in the city
- This would cost 50 euros (£38) per person and night – or £13,647 a year
- Berlin authorities want at a multi-year contract costing at least £455million
- Sweden faces similar challenges with private companies making profits
The Berlin Senate is reportedly looking to home 10,000 refugees and migrants in hotel rooms across the city, including at Holiday Inns, local media reports.
The scheme would cost the government 50 euros (£38) per person and night – or £13,647 a year, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.
The Berlin Senate has been negotiating with the Grand City Hotels group which manages 22 hotels in the capital, including a number of Holiday Inns and Wyndham group hotels.
According to the paper, Berlin authorities are looking at a contract spanning over several years, set to cost at least 600 million euros (£455million).
Last year, the German capital saw some 80,000 people seek asylum in the city, with the numbers expected to hit a similar high for 2016.
Critics have pointed out that Berlin’s homeless population is roughly 10,000 and that taxpayers’ money is being used to house non-German citizens.
Further north, Sweden faces similar challenges, with local authorities turning to private contractors to find spaces for newcomers.
The Scandinavian nation, which has a population of some 9.8million, welcomed 163,000 people in 2015, including over 35,000 unaccompanied minors.
Housing asylum seekers, in particularly unaccompanied minors, have become a lucrative business in countries which have accepted large number of refugees and migrants.
One example is the Gothenburg suburb of Molndal, where a social worker was murdered at a home for child refugees last Monday, where greedy landlords in the town are hiking their rents by up to 1,450 per cent.
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