Local authorities have reportedly been left to face rising numbers of newcomers
People fleeing Ukraine arrive on a train from Poland at Hauptbahnhof main railway station on March 4, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. © Getty Images / Maja Hitij
“Chaotic, unfairly distributed, funding completely unclear” – these words encapsulate the current situation in many German towns, which have been facing an ever-growing influx of Ukrainian refugees in recent weeks, the mayor of Dormagen am Rhein told Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Thursday.
Erik Lierenfeld described how his town recently had to accommodate 34 Ukrainian refugees at short notice, most of them physically or mentally challenged children. Local authorities had to urgently repurpose an old school, erecting partition walls, taping windows to ensure a little bit of privacy for the newcomers, and bringing in hospital beds.
Dormagen has reportedly received no assistance from Germany’s federal government, being forced to fend for itself as well as it could.
Lierenfeld told the outlet that his town of 65,000 residents had also had to order container toilets, costing some €35,000 ($38,625) each.
The latest arrivals have brought the total number of Ukrainian refugees in Dormagen to more than 300. However, the mayor expects even more people to arrive in the coming days as metropolises like Cologne have no more beds.