Outrage As Germany Bans Migrants From Attending Food Banks
A branch of Tafel Deutschland in Essen, is now at risk of forcing migrants into hunger.
Germany has caused outrage after it issued a ban on migrants who didn't hold German identity cards from visiting food banks according to reports.
A branch of Tafel Deutschland in Essen, which owns 930 food banks across Germany which provide much-needed help to people in crisis, is now at risk of forcing migrants into hunger.
It said that new customers will now be required to have ID cards, resulting in many migrants unable t receive assistance.
Last year Neon nettle reported Germany was offering rejected refugees $3,560 each and free healthcare if they voluntarily leave the country.
The odd move was announced by Germany's country’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, on Saturday to give families up to $3,560 if they agreed to leave.
IBtimes reports: In most cases, the path to German citizenship is one that takes several years, meaning the majority of recent arrivals are unable to use the food bank service.
The company said on its website that reason behind the decision was to was that they "felt compelled to ensure reasonable integration," adding that they had seen an "increase in the number of migrants in recent years" and the proportion of foreign citizens among their customers had risen dramatically.
To become a naturalized citizen, you have to have lived in Germany under a limited residence permit for at least eight years, though this can be shortened to seven if you pass a German language exam.
Head of the banks' association in Essen, Jörg Sartor said that the ban on migrants would be lifted once "the scales are balanced again" between local Germans and migrants.
Speaking to the Local, Sartor had predicted that the policy change would cause issues for users of the service, but was surprised to find "no fuss."
So far the bank in Essen is the only site in Germany to impose such a ban, though a similar policy could be implemented at other locations, particularly in large cities.
In 2015, the migrant crisis saw millions of refugees flee from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as impoverished African nations such as the Gambia and Nigeria.
While large numbers of these ended up in Hungary, Italy and France,the largest proportion ended up coming to Germany - a decision that caused controversy in the country.
Since then, the numbers have declined, with 890,000 registered asylum seekers in 2015, 280,000 in 2016 and 186,000 in 2017 according to the German Interior Ministry.