Skip to Content

Cologne, Germany. Photo from Pixabay

Germany welcomes migrant family reunions amid housing shortage

Some 9 000 residence permits has been issued to foreign family members of "refugees" by German authorities in 2019, even though a new report showed homelessness having increased by as much as 20 percent.

Published: August 25, 2019, 1:53 pm

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration seems to be ignoring the housing crisis particularly in big cities, as a new study revealed that the shortage was unlikely to change anytime soon, resulting in prices remaining high.

    Housing space is a rare commodity in the country and finding affordable housing is a challenge, with prices on the rise. Only 80 percent of the demand for housing is currently being addressed. The country is suffering from a shortage of around 2 million houses.

    The German Economic Institute (IW) in Cologne noted that over the past three years, some 283 000 new apartments were built in the country.

    Municipalities should ease building restrictions, said an IW spokesperson. In doing so, it could add the 340 000 new apartments still needed for this year as well as 2020.

    Ralf Henger, co-author of the IW study, pointed out that many have been protesting against new construction projects. “They rightly say that this would affect their quality of life,” Henger said.

    But despite the housing crisis, “[n]early 9 000 relatives of people with asylum status in Germany have moved to the country since changes to family reunification laws last year,” Deutsche Welle reported.

    Relatives of people granted political asylum or protection were able to apply for family reunification under the Geneva Convention, but the Berlin suspended that right for those with subsidiary protection in 2017.

    “The ruling coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to lift a suspension on permits for relatives of people with ‘subsidiary protection’ after difficult negotiations in mid-2018.”

    And to make matter worse, there has been an explosive rise in homelessness and poverty in Germany, much of which was attributed to the recent massive influx of migrants. Some three in four homeless are men, most of whom are single.

    “Around 650 000 people in Germany are without a permanent home, according to figures released by the Federal Association for Assistance to Homeless People (BAGW) on Tuesday,” according to Deutsche Welle.

    Homelessness in Germany may have increased by up to a staggering 20 percent, the service said. Some estimate that at least 22 000 children are currently homeless in Germany.

    Over half of the are “asylum seekers and refugees in temporary accommodation”. BAGW CEO Werena Rosenke underlined that: “Without homes for the homeless and without a well thought-through system of prevention in every community, we will not be able to tackle homelessness and the housing shortage.”


    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    Prosecutors launch new legal assault on Salvini

    RomeAfter the Diciotti case, another legal assault is being launched against Matteo Salvini. Salvini faced between three and five years in prison for having stopped illegal migrants from the vessel landing in Italy.

    Germany: Tens of thousands take part in climate strike

    BerlinSeveral tens of thousands of people took part in the "climate strike" in various German cities. In the federal capital, according to the organisers of "Fridays for the Future" some 270 000 demonstrators came to the rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The police spoke of "well over 10 000".

    Russia bolsters Arctic missile defenses after US threats

    MoscowRussia has placed missile defense systems at the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in an effort to bolster its military presence in the Arctic, AFP reported. And in France, the issue also received attention.

    Daily terror at German ‘peace’ school

    GubinGerman parents in Guben have reported the aggressive behavior of two sixth-grade migrant students and have asked authorities for urgent support because the situation is so bad.

    Salvini wants referendum to stop leftist coalition from opening ports

    PontidaAddressing a crowd of 80 000 supporters, Italian League leader, Senator Matteo Salvini called for a referendum on immigration to stop the new government from reopening Italy’s ports to pro-immigration NGOs.

    Heidelberg: Ignorance is the drug of choice

    HeidelbergAnyone who has heard of Heidelberg in Germany, probably thinks of a tranquil little town on the Neckar river, a place full of beautiful sights, a well-preserved historic centre with many tourists and students. But that perfect world has been shattered by the recent case from the district of Emmertsgrund.

    German President launches fresh attack on AfD

    BerlinThe AfD rejected the criticism from Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier stating that the Alternative for Germany was not a bourgeois party. "A Federal President should not interfere in the party politics," said the AfD chairman Alexander Gauland.

    The city of Pescara celebrates its soldier-poet Gabriele D’Annunzio

    PescaraFrom September 7 to 15, Pescara, the capital city of Italian Abruzzo region, will celebrate la Festa della Rivoluzione – d’Annunzio torna a Pescara [Revolution festival – d’Annunzio returns to Pescara]. His legacy has inspired Italian sovereignists.

    Betrayal by Bannon

    A story of failures: How Steve Bannon tried to split the Vatican and dragged Matteo Salvini into his misfortune.

    Antwerp: Vlaams Belang leader denounces Islam from rooftops

    Antwerp Flemish Member of Parliament and Antwerp City Councilor Filip Dewinter climbed onto the roof of the Antwerp town hall to highlight the Flemish port city's demography.

    Go to archive