Although the German coastal city of Rostock was supposed to house trainees for the construction industry, the city is evicting them and turning the accommodations into refugee housing.
It was apparently more profitable for the private operators of the apartments to rent the rooms to the Hanseatic city, according to NDR in a letter from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern construction association to Rostock’s Mayor Regine Lück of the Left party.
The construction association warned that the cancellation of housing for vocational students could even lead some to entirely abandon their training. The move comes despite a shortage of skilled workers in construction, and the association is warning that it could mean the industry loses out on critical skilled workers in the future.
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While the Left party defended the move, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) said that “shortly before Christmas, dozens of trainees in the construction industry are facing the threat of unemployment. This policy is not only anti-social, but also massively harms Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,” said Nikolaus Kramer, chairman of the AfD state parliamentary group in the state.
The city’s social affairs senator Steffen Bockhahn (Left), on the other hand, appeared relaxed. “Agitation does not help,” said the politician. They are working “on a joint solution,” the politician said.
Due to policies of the left-wing government, Germany has been overwhelmed with mass immigration this year, with well over a million refugees and illegal migrants arriving in the country, pushing the population above 84 million for the first time. The influx has led to a huge burden on the country’s schooling system, social services, and housing. In the past, German senior citizens have been evicted from housing to make way for immigrants, while in other cases, migrants complained that their free accommodations were not centrally located enough.
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The AfD has recently been surging in the polls, partly due to its restrictive immigration stance. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, located in the most northeastern portion of the country, is one of the strongholds of the AfD, with the party being the second-strongest in the state after the Social Democrats (SPD). A new poll recently put the party in striking distance of overtaking the SPD to become the strongest party in the entire state.