Bad time for the district: Collective accommodation in Warngau is gone
Created: 2022-12-23 07:02
By: Katrin Hager
The residents have already moved out: the containers of the collective accommodation next to the Warngau vicarage and kindergarten (in the background) will be dismantled at the turn of the year.
© Thomas Plettenberg
Shortly before Christmas 2015, refugees moved into the collective accommodation in Warngau for the first time.
Seven years later, the last ones have moved out, the containers are being dismantled - although accommodation is urgently needed.
– Refugees who arrive by bus in the district without advance notice, gymnasiums where school and club sports have to make way for camp bed camps: the current situation is reminiscent of déjà vu.
In 2015, the local authorities had to deal with a similar situation.
In order to remedy the situation, residential containers were also set up in Warngau at the time.
A collective accommodation with space for 50 asylum seekers was built right next to the vicarage and the St. Johann children's home on Bergfeldstraße in Oberwarngau.
For some residents, the temporary accommodation turned into years as so-called false occupants because apartments were hard to find.
This is now over in Warngau: the contract for the containers and the storage space expires on December 31, 2023.
The accommodation will be dismantled.
"The dissolution is already underway," said district office spokeswoman Sabine Kirchmair at the request of our newspaper.
A first inspection together with the owner has already taken place.
“The actual return takes place in the first week of January.
Immediately after the return, the containers are also removed.”
The residents have since moved out.
"All 50 people accommodated there could be accommodated in other decentralized accommodations within the district," explains Kirchmair, in the communities of Hausham, Fischbachau, Kreuth, Otterfing, Tegernsee, Valley, Waakirchen and Weyarn.
Decentralized means: no collective accommodation.
"Since families or mothers with children were mainly accommodated in the Warngau container, we have already used the summer holidays for the internal redistribution of the district," says the spokeswoman for the district office.
“This way the children could start in their new home community at the beginning of the new school and kindergarten year.” At the beginning of November, the last family moved out of the Warngau containers.
Collective accommodation is dissolved – although the district office is looking for accommodation
The dissolution comes at a bad time for the district office.
Of course, the authority spoke to everyone involved, says Kirchmair.
"It is well known that the district office has been desperately looking for accommodation for refugees for a long time - and that in the entire district of Miesbach." However, the end of the contract could not be shaken, because the owner - the Catholic Church - did not want the contract with the Free State extend it again, because it has its own needs.
"In the future, the property will be available for the kindergarten of the municipality of Warngau," the district office announced.
To be more precise, again for containers - but with a different purpose, as Warngau Mayor Klaus Thurnhuber adds: During the planned renovation of the St. Johann children's home, which the municipality finances two-thirds of, but which the ordinariate is responsible for planning (we reported), the Kindergarten and crèche groups are likely to be moved to containers.
And they should find space instead of the residential containers.
The district office could not simply move the previous living containers if there was still a parking space somewhere.
"The containers were only rented by the Free State of Bavaria," explains Kirchmair.
"As a rule, the respective container company has already rented out the systems again according to the agreed terms." There is currently only one collective container accommodation in the district: in Valley, where the previous contract expires in mid-2023.
How is it going there?
"We cannot provide any information on this at the current time," said the district office spokeswoman.
Asylum helper group is on hold
With the end of the collective accommodation in Warngau, the local helpers' group for asylum will also be put on hold, explains its spokeswoman, third mayor Andrea Anderssohn.
"We only have a handful of well-integrated people here." And a family from Ukraine who were taken in privately.
Nevertheless, hardly any of the volunteers have unsubscribed from the distribution list of the circle of helpers.
Anderssohn also does not believe that support for the integration of newly arrived refugees is finally obsolete.
"You just have to look at the current situation," says Anderssohn.
"It would be naïve to think that's it now."