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Between 2014 and 2016; the number of homeless people in Germany has doubled. According to numbers revealed by Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe (BAG W), 860 000 people in Germany had no place to call home in 2016. Half of those people were refugees. They have been included in the 2016 statistics for the first time, which is one of the reasons for the sharp increase of homelessness compared to 2014. However, even without considering the refugees, the number of homeless people has risen by about 25 percent over the past two years. "Immigration has dramatically worsened the overall situation, but is by no means the sole cause of the new housing shortage," said Thomas Specht, Managing Director of BAG W.  

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