Migrants instead of tenants? Cacophony in German-speaking Switzerland

In the German-speaking press, there was first the case of Lörrach, in Germany, a border town adjoining Basel, which announced ten days ago that 40 of its citizens would have to leave because of the opening of an accommodation center for refugees. Then the phenomenon moved to Switzerland with Seegräben, in the canton of Zurich, which sparked an outcry last week by indicating that a man should leave his home to make room for five applicants. Finally, on Monday, the Aargau locality of Windisch reported, “shocked”, having been informed by the canton that 49 people, including families, would be evicted from a housing estate located on its territory by June so that a center for asylum with 100 places sees the light of day. In question: the combination of the renewed influx of refugees in Switzerland, the reception obligations of the municipalities and an extremely tense real estate market – against a backdrop of heightened political tensions.

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