The construction of a massive wall is underway in the Munich suburb of Neupsrlach Sud that will separate residents from a new shelter that will house roughly 160 unaccompanied child refugees once the buildout is complete.
Standing at 4 meters (13.1 feet), the Munich wall will stand 0.4 meters (1.3 feet) taller than the infamous Berlin Wall that separated East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989.
Residents pushed for the wall after the announcement of the shelter as they believe it will produce unwanted noise and devalue their homes, despite the road and trees that already act as a barrier.
The Munich Administrative Court approved the construction of the wall in June, and ordered that on top of the wall being an official division between the two population groups, the residents confined in the camp cannot use the wall for any leisure use or “ball throwing games”.
Many of the Munich residents appear to be happy with the compromise, but there are some that find that it calls back too many disturbing memories of the Berlin Wall. One couple interviewed by local media compared it to an even more recent wall in the news, saying “Donald Trump wants to build a wall for Mexico, and we in Munich Neupsrlach build one to keep us safe from refugees.”
Well into the final stages of construction, the wall of stones is set to be completed by the time refugees move in by Spring 2017.