Lower Saxony and Bremen
Exhibition halls: Bremen expands initial accommodation for refugees
Bremen (dpa / lni) – Bremen is expanding its accommodation for refugees at the fairgrounds. As announced by the social department on Friday, the initial refugee accommodation will be set up in Ward 7, which can be used from Saturday. In addition, the number of beds in Hall 6 will be increased. According to the information, more than 1,200 sleeping places are available.
The exhibit rooms are divided into cabins that can accommodate eight to twelve people in bunk beds. The volunteers installed the cabins in the last few days. The corridors are equipped with shower containers. A good 700 people can sit in the dining rooms at the same time. Exhibition halls 6 and 7 were used as vaccination centers until the beginning of 2021.
The situation in the refugee accommodation in Bremen was already tense before the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, said social senator Anja Stahmann (Greens). “At the moment, Bremen cannot offer people anything other than emergency accommodation.” She hopes for a more equal distribution of the refugees in the individual federal states.
According to the social department, 700 refugees from Ukraine are currently living in initial reception centers in the country. At least 400 people were also housed in private accommodation. According to the information, about 40 percent of those who arrive are minors. Among them were 90 children under the age of five on Thursday night.