Afghan refugees in Berlin are being moved from their accommodation centers to make room for Ukrainians fleeing the ongoing conflict in their country, according to a recent report in Foreign Policy magazine. Those affected are shuffled to apartments, repurposed hotels and homeless shelters as authorities struggle to accommodate tens of thousands of people.
“The evictions purposefully weren’t publicized. Some people had lived in their homes for years and were ripped out of their social structures, including children who were moved to locations far from their respective schools,” Tareq Alaows, a Berlin Refugee Council board member, told the outlet.
While some of those moved were relocated to apartments of their own, others found their new homes to be less than ideal. One man was separated from his mother and two brothers while another woman found herself, her husband and two daughters relocated twice in March – once to a facility housing former criminals – before being settled in a hotel that doubled as a homeless shelter.
Germany took in around 12,000 Afghan refugees following the Taliban’s takeover last August, and reportedly planned on doubling that figure as of December. However, more than 316,000 Ukrainians have officially arrived since Russia launched its military offensive there in February, and 60,000 have been registered in Berlin alone.