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Canada experts criticize violence in refugee accommodation

18:10  24 november  2022
18:10  24 november  2022 Source:   spiegel.de

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, according to experts, refugees in Bavarian refugee accommodation have so far not been adequately protected against violence. There is a protection concept for the prevention of violence, but this is not implemented in practice, said Anna Frölich, lawyer for migration law, on Thursday at a hearing of experts in the state parliament. Overall, the situation in the facilities shows “considerable deficits” when protecting human dignity. The experts therefore called for improvements.

The experts criticized, among other things, a lack of counseling and treatment offers for traumatized or mentally stressed people, as well as in lockable lockers, rooms and sanitary facilities in the accommodations. The lack of privacy of the refugees can increase the potential for violence and conflict in the facilities.

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concrete statistics on the number of acts of violence in Bavarian refugee accommodation are not known. Only a few such cases were received by the court, said Ulrike Diesbacher, judge at the Munich District Court. But she suspects that these are only the "tip of the iceberg".

"It is difficult for us to deal with the situation," says the former resident of a refugee accommodation, Sarah Namala, her experiences there. At times she was the only woman to live with several men in an accommodation. The men had knocked on her door regularly, and she often didn't leave her room out of fear. "I felt very insecure in this situation," said Namala. Most of the time she would have had no one on site she could talk to about it.

Several experts called for a structured procedure on Thursday in order to be able to identify particularly protective people in the refugee accommodation and to be able to treat their needs accordingly. These particularly vulnerable groups included, for example, women, children and traumatized or mentally preloaded people. The staff in the accommodations must be trained and sensitized and the range of advice centers must be expanded.

In some cases, the Bavarian violence concept is already being implemented, said Johannes Wegschaider, violent protection coordinator of an anchor center in Middle Franconia. Nevertheless, it is "extremely important" that the conditions are improved and the positive approaches are pursued sustainably. "It's not a thing that goes overnight."

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