The German region of Lower Saxony has barred migrants with asylum status from settling in three of its cities claiming that they want to prevent problems with integration.
Migrants with asylum status will not be allowed to settle in the cities of Delmenhorst and Wilhelmshaven in the future according to the Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior. The two cities join the city of Salzgitter which was the first city to ban the future settlement of asylum status migrants last month Die Welt reports.
According to the ministry, the move is, “an extraordinary measure aimed at preventing the social and social marginalization of immigrant refugees.”
All three cities had previously requested aid from the regional government in Hannover complaining that they had received too large a share of asylum status migrants in contrast to their populations.
The regional government also announced plans to give the municipal governments access to a €10 million fund called the Secondary Migration Emergency Program, which will be used to fund integration projects. The “secondary migration” is a term used by the government to describe the movement of migrants who leave asylum homes after their asylum claims are approved.
The complaints of the municipalities are not the first time smaller cities and towns have spoken out about the number of migrants they have received. During the migrant crisis, several small towns were made to house a large number of migrants relative to their population.
The village of Sumte, also in Lower Saxony, was forced by the government to take in a thousand asylum seekers in 2015 despite only having a total population of several hundred.
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Some have even argued that placing large numbers of migrants into rural Germany could be a positive thing for a variety of reason including countering the population stagnation of rural communities.
Last year Karl-Friedrich Thoene from the infrastructure and agriculture ministry in Thuringia said, “there can be no parallel societies in rural areas,” and added, “The village community is the ideal chance for integration.”
The settling of migrants in smaller cities has not been without problems. Last year, the city of Bautzen erupted into violence when migrants and locals fought on the streets.
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