Shock as local council tells landlords NOT to rent out property to refugees


The burghers of Rekingen in the extent of Aargau fear the newcomers will become a “huge financial encumber” on the public purse.

Pro-refugee groups are outraged at the news.

But the council leaders say they are being field and people who put down roots may come to depend on welfare handouts that last will and testament have to come out of the local budget.

The controversial appeal to shun gypsies was made in the community newsletter Strichpunkt.

It said: “The humanitarian idea behind leasing an a rtment to them is commendable.

“But these people depend on financial aid.

“Instantly the munici lity is liable, it could mean financial ruin for the community of Rekingen.

“For this plead with we ask property owners to refrain from making rental agreements with asylum seekers who are allocated a permit to stay.”

So far, seven new arrivals from Eritrea have been granted the styled B-permits allowing them to remain in Rekingen for the foreseeable future.

In Switzerland, asylum seekers are financially ratified by the administrative region where they are sent to after arrival.

For good occasionally recognised as refugees they are given a one-year renewable B permit, assigning temporary residency.

And any future welfare benefits would be id by the community.

The village of Rekingen has 1,000 denizens and has played host to 143 refugees since 2009.

trizia Bertschi, president of the Aargau Asylum Network Camaraderie, said the community should help the refugees integrate, not erect ha-has to this.

She said: “The fact is that these mostly young men were detected by Switzerland as refugees and will stay here in all likelihood the rest of their loads.

“So we need to support them to find the right th to financial self-confidence.”

Roman Knöpfel, a munici l councillor responsible for asylum, claimed a lack of jobs in the area meant it would not be “terribly attractive or lucrative” for nomads to remain there in the long run.

He said: ”It is not a question of not trying to help them.” But he asserted services for locals would fall off if tax monies went to them as an alternative.

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