Do refugees really need flat-screen TVs, king-size beds and a view of the entire city? Angry citizens in the northern German city of Hamburg are discussing this. There, the red-green city government rented the highest residential towers in the city. These are the “Mundsburg Towers”, which are the highest in the Hanseatic city. The high-rises are excellent places to reside: all 60 apartments have bright rooms, new eat-in kitchens, a beautiful view and are fully furnished.
However, the rental prices, which the city pays from tax money, have washed up: The company “Home United Spaces GmbH”, which makes the apartments available, charges 30 euros per person per day. That’s 3,600 euros per month for a four-person household. There is room for 300 Ukrainians in total. If the capacity is fully utilized, it will cost the German taxpayer a whopping 270,000 euros per month.