A German town built a barrier taller than the Berlin Wall to separate locals from refugees
This segment originally aired Feb. 2, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.
In a suburb of Munich, some locals have come up with their own solution to the flow of migrants into Germany: erecting a 300-foot long, 13-foot tall stone partition separating them from what will soon be a refugee housing center.
The estate will take in 160 unaccompanied minors that have fled to Germany. Since 2015, 15,000 refugees have moved in or around Munich. But ever since migrants were linked to the sexual attacks in Cologne during 2016 New Year’s celebrations, attitudes toward refugees appear to be cooling.
In fact, German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to talk about a potential deal between the EU and Turkey to slow the flow of migrants into Europe.
Locals claim that the wall, which is more than a foot taller than the Berlin wall, is merely a noise barrier but local politician Guido Bucholtz disagrees. “It’s not the noise,” he told said. “Symbolically, it’s a monster against refugees.”