German Town Builds A Wall To Keep Refugees Separated From Locals

A Munich suburb is building a wall around a refugee center, proving that migrants aren’t exactly welcome in the country despite its open-door policy.

For some living in the United States, the thought of Donald Trump building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is an outrage. For Trump’s supporters, it’s common sense.

That’s what one town in Germany thought regarding the prospect of having young refugees move into their suburb outside of Munich. The town decided to build a wall surrounding a nearby migrant accommodation complex.

According to The Independent, the town of Neuperlach Sud is erecting a 13-foot stone wall after local officials received an overwhelming number of complaints about the increased number of refugees moving there. Approximately 160 migrants will move into the Neuperlach Sud facility, prompting unease from distrusting locals.

Some of the town’s citizens were concerned about how their proximity to the migrant housing facility may depreciate the value of their houses. There were also alleged concerns about noise coming from the center, which is currently empty.

Guido Bucholtz, deputy district chairman, reportedly said, “This is absolute madness. I was frightened when I saw this monster of a wall. When we talk about integration of refugees, I imagined something different. It just makes me feel bad.”

A Munich court approved the barrier’s construction, which stands taller than the Berlin Wall did at 11.8 feet. It is expected to be completed by next spring.

Some argue that the wall is proof that Angela Merkel’s refugee policy simply isn’t working, and attests to the fears locals have about outsiders moving into their community. Earlier this year, Merkel admitted to being “unprepared” for the 1.3 million asylum seekers which came into the country.

She said, “If I could, I would go back in time to be better prepared for the refugee crisis in 2015, for which we were rather unprepared.” But, Merkel stands by claims that having an open-door policy for migrants actually decreases chances of terrorism, rather than exacerbate it. 

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