Homelessness in Germany

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Homelessness in Germany is a significant social issue, one that is estimated to affect over 200,000 people.[1] However, there are limits to the studies on the topic; reportedly, there are no statistics of homeless youth in Germany, and estimates range from 1,500 to 50,000.[2]

Researchers maintain that the legal definition of homelessness in Germany is quite narrow.[3] Alternatively, researchers maintain there is no nationally accepted definition.[4]

In Nazi Germany[edit]

Within the scope of the "operation against work-shyness", the Nazi government conducted raids on homeless people and in 1938, 11,000 so-called "work-shy" individuals were arrested by the Third Reich authorities and transferred to concentration camps for labor purposes.[5]


  1. ^ "A portrait of Germany in ten statistics". 15 January 2015.
  2. ^ Hayos, Julia, Mary Riley, J. Hense, and Jens Wiechmann. "Youth Homelessness in Canada, Germany, and the United States: A Cross Cultural Comparison and Exploration of Health Literacy as a Means of Prevention." Umwelt und Gesundheit 1 (2008): 54-59.
  3. ^ Busch-Geertsema, Volker, and Suzanne Fitzpatrick. "Effective homelessness prevention? Explaining reductions in homelessness in Germany and England." European Journal of Homelessness 2, no. 1 (2008): 69-95.
  4. ^ Edgar, Bill, Matt Harrison, Peter Watson, and Volker Busch-Geertsema. "Measurement of Homelessness at European Union Level." Brussels: European Commission., download under http://ec. Europa. eu/employment_social/social_inclusion/docs/2007/stud y_homelessness_en. pdf (2007).
  5. ^ "The unsettled, "asocials" : Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies : University of Minnesota".