After the asylum dispute over the reunification of family members in Gröbenzell, it becomes clear that cases of this type are increasing.
So now in Olching and Eichenau.
Nobody is officially responsible for the accommodation.
But the people are there.
Eichenau is about a Palestinian-Syrian family, as Hans Sautman from the local asylum aid group describes.
Father and son have been housed in the district since 2016, most recently in Eichenau.
Immediately after their recognition in the spring of 2016, they applied for family reunification.
After almost a year of waiting, the rest of the family was able to apply for a visa at the Beirut embassy in January 2017.
After that it took another two years and nine months for the family to receive the visa.
Family reunification: District Office rejects accommodation
The wife and four children have now entered the country - but the district office refuses to accommodate them in communal accommodation because they are not refugees.
"So they should end up on the streets in rich Germany, despite legal residence, even though there are probably free places in shared accommodation in the district," complains Sautmann.
The Eichenauer Helferkreis wants to help at short notice and appeals to the district office and the citizenship to find accommodation for the family.
The family is currently temporarily housed in a pension.
Family reunification: Parents live in the children's room
It is very similar in Olching: asylum-seekers have arrived, but nobody is responsible for them.
A pair of parents from Syria who traveled to see their child as part of their family reunification are privately housed in Olching.
The boy has lived with the family since 2015, which has now also taken in the parents.
The Syrian family lives in the children's room of the Olching helpers - a situation that is not exactly easy for everyone involved.
The city of Olching would be willing to help.
But only temporarily.
Family reunification: the legal situation
As a spokeswoman for the district authority explains again when asked, the district office, as the lower state administrative authority, is responsible for accommodating asylum seekers during their process and, after the asylum application has been rejected, until they leave the country.
Refugees with protection status who are already housed in decentralized district accommodation are only tolerated there.
"This group of people is required to extract and must seek housing on the free housing market."
The cities and municipalities are responsible for housing the homeless.
However, a distinction has to be made here.
There are court rulings according to which the municipality in which homelessness has occurred is responsible.
Other decisions, on the other hand, said that the community is only responsible if those who arrive have a certain local connection.
However, this is probably not the case with people who have just arrived.
Family reunification: Entrants must take care of themselves
The spokeswoman emphasizes: The immigrant must take care of an accommodation himself.
If there is no local accommodation available, the option remains to go where there is accommodation.
In such cases, a residence requirement might also be removed.
This situation of unclear responsibilities had arisen through federal legislation.
According to this, people can apply for the nuclear family to enter the country within three months of their refugee status being recognized.
The office may not impose any conditions such as proof of living space or livelihood.
In the Gröbenzeller case, there was a dispute in the district council between the mayor and the district administrator.
The latter referred to the legal situation.
According to Tagblatt-Info, the family has at least temporarily stayed in a hostel.
The job center (Hartz IV) bears the costs for family migrants.
Some subsequent travelers apply for asylum although they do not have to.
Then the district office is responsible again.