View attachment 51617 A tiny German village with 102 inhabitants and “no infrastructure” has been told to accommodate 750 refugees, as the country struggles to provide shelter for large numbers of people crossing its borders. Sumte, a one-street settlement of farm houses in Lower Saxony with no shops, no school and no police station, will see its first group of refugees arrive on Monday - raising the population by more than 700 per cent overnight. Sumte's Mayor, Christain Fabel, was initially told by email the village would take in 1,000 asylum seekers; although that figure was reduced to avoid straining the local sewage system, according to the New York Times. View attachment 51618 Mr Fabel and his wife initially presumed the news "a joke”, the New York Times reports, believing it “certainly could not be true” the village would be ordered to house a number of asylum seekers over 10 times greater than the number of villagers. “We have zero infrastructure here,” said Mr Fabel, The Times reports. “Public transport barely exists. We are in the back of beyond.” In a local meeting, villagers urged for security measures in the hamlet to be boosted. Some residents called for the creation police stations in the neighbouring town of Neuhaus to be manned around the clock, while the establishment of a police unit specifically monitoring refugees was also suggested, German NDR news reports. Both proposals were rejected by the deputy district police chief, Matthia Oltersdorf, who said the suggestions were “excessive”. The village accentuates Germany’s difficulty to handle the influx of asylum seekers entering the country, amid a lack of response to EU refugee quotas by other European countries.