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Is there evidence of denial of housing/housing rights for certain ethnic groups?

Key Area:
Housing & Segregation
Racism, Discrimination
25/01/2013 - 09:52
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In general, migrants have equal access to the housing market in Germany. Exceptions are made with migrant groups who were accommodated in collective centres from the beginning of their stay in Germany.
Ethnic German immigrants, who were assigned to a certain place of residence by the authorities, are not obliged anymore to take up the assigned residence after the Residence Allocation Act (Wohnortzuweisungsgesetz) expired in 2009.



  1. Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF) (2008), Daten zu Wohnverhältnissen und innerstädtischer Segregation von Migranten, Working Paper 21,, Accessed on 12.12.2011, p. 22.
  2. Peucker, Mario (2010), Racism and Ethnic Discrimination in Germany – Update Report 2010, p. 13.
Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, National minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Housing
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