Asylum seekers block road due to failed heating system, while two million native Germans suffer from freezing in their own homes

Six residents of a accommodation for asylum seekers in Ofterschwang ( in the Upper Allgäu region of Bavaria) placed two rubbish containers across the county road OA5 on Monday morning. According to the police, they apparently wanted to draw attention to the fact that the gas heating in their accommodation had broken down over the weekend – and that in partly double-digit sub-zero temperatures.After consultation with the district office of the Upper Allgäu, the police reported that the failure of the heating system was already known to the district office. The repair was ordered for Monday and has been carried out in the meantime. Until then, the asylum seekers were offered alternative accommodation, but the residents refused without any explanation. As a result, they were temporarily provided with mobile heating units, which led to power cuts in some places due to possible overloading. The frustration about the situation apparently led to the protest action with the rubbish containers.

Winter continues to have a heavy impact on Germany. But it is not only icy outside: for many people, a heated home is not a matter of course. This is shown by the latest data from the Federal Statistical Office.

According to the report, there are around two million people in Germany who are unable to heat their flat or house adequately due to financial hardship. This corresponds to 2.5 percent of the population. The data was already collected in 2019.

Single parents and their children often have to suffer from cold: seven percent of people in single-parent households lacked the money to heat their home properly. Those who live all alone in their home are also affected more often than average.

https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/service/deutschland-zwei-millionen-menschen-frieren-in-den-eigenen-vier-waenden-a-2e265d76-18bb-4929-8b21-429c211f03a5https://www.all-in.de/sonthofen/c-polizei/asylbewerber-im-oberallgaeu-protestieren-gegen-ausgefallene-heizung_a5105145

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