Tuesday still – Tyrol: 16 refugees move to controversial tents


At the end of Tuesday afternoon, the first asylum seekers, 16 in number, were housed in the tents set up on the grounds of the Wiesenhof police school in Tyrolean Absam (Innsbruck-Land district) near Innsbruck. The subject is causing a stir today – the works council of the Tyrolean Social Services (TSD), which is responsible for refugee organizations, criticizes the lack of communication: “We want to know what is going to happen,” it said. You would only find out essential information from the media.

For the time being, 16 refugees are moving to the tents in Absam. That made the spokesman of the Federal Agency for Care and Support Services (BBU), Thomas Fussenegger, known to the APA. In addition, if a “trend reversal” doesn’t happen, more could be added this week.

From accommodation in Salzburg to Tyrol
Those affected come to Tyrol from the refugee district of Bergheim in Salzburg. Nobody wants to put people in tents, assured Fussenegger, but there is no other option at the moment. It is up to the federal states and in this specific case to the federal state of Tyrol to provide appropriate other quarters. “It is in the hands of the state of Tyrol,” he said, pointing out that the state only accepted 17 asylum seekers last week.

TSD Works Council: “What can we expect?”
The tents for refugees in Absam are causing dissatisfaction among the works council of the Tyrolean social service. The employees use this in a letter that is at the disposal of the “Tiroler Krone”. Above all, there is a complete lack of understanding “that we have to get the information from the press that we have to create some 500 new places for asylum seekers by the end of November”.

As an employee representative you would like to be ‘clearly informed’ by ‘the TSD management team about what is really coming our way’. The works council has a clear opinion about the tents. These are “inappropriate, unacceptable, unnecessary and not in accordance with human dignity”.

New government wants alternatives
The political leaders in Tyrol, especially the black-and-red state government in office on Tuesday, are strongly opposed to the accommodation of asylum seekers in the tents and have announced that they want to create shelters elsewhere.

Source: Krone


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