Since the beginning of the wave of refugees as a result of the war in Eastern Europe, critical voices have been warning that non-Ukrainians could take the opportunity to come to Germany. After riots took place in a Munich refugee accommodation, this suspicion was confirmed. More than 50 people clashed there on Saturday, and attacked one another with chairs and paving stones, triggering a large-scale police operation.
According to the Bild newspaper, a police source said about the conditions on site: “Only a fraction are really Ukrainian refugees.” Among other things, large families that are assigned to the Sinti and Roma ethnic groups are conspicuous, according to the police officer.
“They have brand-new Ukrainian passports, which are also real. Someone in Ukraine is making a fortune right now,” the newspaper quoted the police officer as saying.
As Remix News previously reported, an investigation from French newspaper Figaro, one of the top-selling newspapers in the country, found that approximately one in three people claiming they were Ukrainian refugees were not actually Ukrainians.
Over 270,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered Germany since the crisis began, but the country’s foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, said that Europe should take in 10 million. It is unclear how many she wants Germany to specifically take in.
Chaos at asylum center
The incident began after arguments broke out between different groups at the accommodations. The situation escalated after authorities attempted to separate some of the individuals who have scabies. A security guard used pepper spray, after which 20 people had to be treated for eye irritation. Rioting then broke out, with different groups fighting one another along with security guards. After the riot, 30 adults and 70 children were moved to another accommodation.
As early as mid-March, a group of refugees who are also said to have been Sinti and Roma caused unrest in Miesbach, Bavaria. The 57 people protested against being housed in a sports hall. They were demanding a 3-star hotel instead.