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Schmidt-Mattern, Barbara

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Deutschlandfunk - Germany | 29/09/2014

Abuse of refugees not isolated incident

German Police are pressing charges against several individuals accused of assaulting asylum-seekers at a shelter in North Rhine Westphalia. These incidents are not isolated cases but the consequence of a sloppy and ignorant refugee policy, the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk complains: "It's not just the lack of funding and exploding refugee figures, which certainly come as no surprise, that are causing the dire state of affairs in German refugee centres. ... Taking care of and protecting refugees, who are often traumatised, are sovereign tasks of our authorities. So how can it be that such a great responsibility is passed on to private companies which naturally are only thinking about their profit margins? The now notorious Essen-based company European Homecare - the very name seems like mockery - pockets up to 1,000 euros monthly for each asylum-seeker under its care. But at the same time home operators, dubious security firms and other subcontractors weren't subjected to scrutiny either."

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