"Against department decisions, not asylum seekers"
(GF/ADW) Tuesday saw parents and residents in Pétange gather together to protest against the Department of Family and Integration regarding the accommodation of asylum seekers in prefab homes at the former site of Pétange Technical High School (LTMA).
"Against department decisions, not against asylum seekers" was the message displayed on one of the placards held up during the protest.
By the weekend, 70 asylum seekers should settle in the “container” homes at the old LTMA site. Following the protest the town's mayor Pierre Mellina explained that it was only a temporary measure until the end of June 2012 under strict security conditions confirmed by the Department of Family and Integration.
Discussions regarding asylum seeker housing have been ongoing for the past months. For Pierre Mellina, LTMA's former site located in the town centre and close to the school "An Egent" is not the ideal place for asylum seeker housing, despite the site being state property.
However as winter approaches, the urgency of asylum seeker resettlement, currently living in campsites, is at a premium. These include families with children, 21 in total, who will not be enrolled in primary schools, but will be educated at the old LTMA site under constant surveillance.
For the mayor, the town of Pétange is assuming its social responsibility. He also received confirmation from the Minister Claude Wiseler, that the temporary accommodation will not necessarily be demolished in the second half of 2012.