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Refugee centre Don Bosco in major revamp
Luxembourg

Refugee centre Don Bosco in major revamp

17.12.2013 From our online archive
The Don Bosco centre in Limpertsberg, a first stop for many asylum seekers in Luxembourg, will undergo a major refurbishment over the coming years to provide housing for 120 refugees.

(CS/DL) The Don Bosco centre in Limpertsberg, a first stop for many asylum seekers in Luxembourg, will undergo a major refurbishment over the coming years to provide housing for 120 refugees.

The centre receives asylum seekers who arrive late at night or over the weekend, when official institutions and offices are closed. Refugees are temporarily housed there until they can be transferred to an asylum seeker home elsewhere in the country.

Run by the Luxembourg Red Cross and built in the 1960s the building has fallen into a state of disrepair. For example, due to water damage the top two floors of the centre had to be closed.

Construction for a new centre right next to the old building on a former University of Luxembourg parking lot is already underway. If all goes to plan the new centre will open its doors in 2015, with the older structure to be abandoned and demolished.

The central location will facilitate access for asylum seekers, many of whom arrive by train, according to the Luxembourg Welcome and Integration Office (OLAI).

The new Foyer Don Bosco will provide a dormitory, as well as bedrooms and family rooms, sitting rooms, classrooms, a kitchen and dining hall. The 2,800 square metre building comes at a cost of 9.9 million euros.

There are currently no plans for the plot of land which will open up when the old Don Bosco building is demolished. However, there are currently no plans for a second centre.

Some 1,011 asylum seekers have arrived in Luxembourg this year alone. Don Bosco provides help for 120 to 130 people. However, in past years this capacity had to be upped to around 300, due to the high influx of refugees in 2012 and 2012.

The situation has since normalised.