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860,000 people in Germany have no home

14.11.2017
Germany

The number of homeless has more than doubled since 2014. One reason is immigration. But the causes are deeper.
The number of homeless people in Germany rose sharply in the past year: In 2016, about 860,000 people were without housing, as the Federal Working Group for Homelessness (BAG W) announced. Compared to 2014, the number has thus increased by 150 percent. A dormant person is a person who does not have a permanent home and instead lives in accommodation in which the stay is limited in time.

According to BAG W, 440,000 homeless people are refugees. They are included in the 2016 statistics for the first time in the estimate, which is one reason for the sharp increase compared to 2014. However, even without considering the refugees, the number of homeless people has risen by about 25 percent from 335,000 to 420,000 over the past two years.

"Immigration has dramatically worsened the overall situation, but is by no means the sole cause of the new housing shortage," said Thomas Specht, Managing Director of BAG W. Although the homeless refugees would continue to be tolerated in the communal housing, they also appeared as applicants in the regular housing market on.

Detailed information on the backgrounds of the homeless is given by BAG W exclusively for the group of 420,000 non-refugees, as only socio-demographic data are available for them. According to this, 70 percent of the homeless are single, and 30 percent live together with children or one partner in the transitional solutions. In addition, according to statistics, there are more than 30,000 minors living in no apartment.

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