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Social Housing’s role in the German Refugee Crisis by Joshua Crites, 2012 McCloy Fellow

Last Saturday, somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 refugees arrived in Munich in one single day. The large number puts a punctuation point on what is quickly becoming a race against time to find, build and provide enough housing for the new arrivals especially before winter comes.   The German government decided last week to commit 6 million euros to help deal with the waves of refugees pouring into Germany. Three million euro will be earmarked for the different German states. The government is quickly trying to increase the number of weather proof refugee reception centers to accommodate at least 150,000 more people. These temporary accommodations are only meant to hold people for around 6 months. After that, there will be a demand for longer term solutions that are affordable in nature. If you read my blog at all, you will see that many cities and regions across Germany were experiencing a lack of affordable housing units before the recent immigrations crisis. What will Germany do to ensure long term safe and affordable housing for refugees?

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