Ukrainian Students Are Being Kicked Out of Their Dorms for Euro 2012

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Due to a shortage of accommodations in several Ukrainian cities, students at universities in Kiev, Kharkov, Donetsk and Lviv will be forced to give up their dormitories to visiting fans during the Euro 2012 tournament. The students will not only receive no compensation in return for a bunch of drunken louts taking up residence in their rooms, they must continue to pay their dorms fees for the three weeks they will be displaced. Unless they want to work for free.

Via Spiegel comes this distressing story to add to the growing list of negative items coming out of the European Championship tournament preparations. There’s the disease, the likely presence of banned hooligans, the wanton killing of dogs, and now this: Ukraine’s universities have entered into contracts with German ticketing agents for a cut of the Euro tourism pie, and are happily exploiting their students to do it.

Despite the tournament taking place during the summer semester break, many students remain in university dorms either by choice or necessity. Those students will now be put out on the street for most of June with no where to go, and no alternative housing is being offered. Thanks to the lodging shortage in Ukraine, there will be no hotel rooms available, and those that do become free will be exorbitantly expensive.

A few students will be able to remain in their rooms, but only if they are willing to serve as free labor while the crush of football fans take up temporary residence. Universities have offered some students contracts that stipulate they can remain in their dorm during the tournament if they work as caretakers. The ability to stay would be their payment, and some contracts require as much as eight hours of work per day.

At least one university, faced with housing football fans in dorms that have not been refurbished since the 1960s, are requiring that students wallpaper their rooms and paint windows, without providing any money for the students to do so.

As appalling as this news is, it shouldn’t come as any surprise. Ukraine’s inability to house its share of the more than 800,000 people expected to attend Euro 2012 combined with universities anxious to cash in on the event created enough demand that the schools are perfectly willing to forsake their students.

See Spiegel for the full story.

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