WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — One German town is housing refugees in a former Nazi concentration camp.
Ynet News reports that 21 refugees are currently being housed at the former Nazi command post at the Buchenwald concentration camp. A quarter-of-a-million Jews were taken to the camp during World War II – 56,000 were killed there.
“It is an emergency solution, but it is unavoidable,” district Mayor Christian Hanke told Ynet News. “There is a lot of room in the hangars.”
The idea to house refugees in concentration camps came out of a meeting in January when town officials said all of the refugee housing was filled with 200 asylum seekers.
Each refugee receives just over $150 stipend during their stay at the concentration camp. Some refugees don’t mind staying at the camps that slaughtered tens of thousands of Jews.
“This is good for me,” Abdurahman Massa, a 20-year-old from northern Eritrea, told Ynet News.
Diaoyre from Algeria added, “It is good here. Many others don’t even have this.”
Germany is reintroducing border checks as officials believe they will see at least 1 million asylum seekers just this year.
Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the United Kingdom would resettle up to 20,000 Syrians from camps in Turkey, Jordan and Syria over the next five years, while French President Francois Hollande said his country would take in 24,000 refugees over the next two years.
In Germany, the government has approved $6.6 billion to increase aid for asylum-seekers and hire more federal police as it also crafted plans to make it easier to build refugee housing and for non-German speakers to hold jobs.
The White House says the U.S. will accept 10,000 Syrian refuges in the upcoming budget year.
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