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Berlin Addresses Rumor That It Is Kicking Refugees Out Of Hostels And Hotels

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 6/11/2015 Willa Frej

Heightened attention on the mass influx of refugees across Germany has led to anxiety-driven rumors that have proven to be incorrect.

A rumor sparked Friday alleged that all hostels and hotels housing refugees in Berlin would be evacuated.

But this is not the case, according to a Berlin government official.

"There must have been a misunderstanding," Silvia Kostner, spokeswoman for Berlin's State Office for Health and Social Affairs, told HuffPost Germany. "Only one hotel had to be evacuated because of fire protection. The [State Office, also known as LaGeSo,] had to escort the refugees in another place."

LaGeSo also denied that woman who allegedly circulated the rumor, Marianna Ihle, who was reported as being a state official, is an employee of theirs.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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