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Working Lives Berlin: Homeless newspaper seller

Michael Plaumann lives in a homeless shelter in Neukoelln, an area earmarked by developers as Berlin's next property hotspot.

To supplement his unemployment benefit, he sells a homeless newspaper on the city's trains.

"It's very difficult for me to find my own apartment for myself," he says.

"That's why I've been living in a shelter for a while already, because the apartments have become very expensive, and for as someone who receives benefits, it is just too expensive."

The $900 (£600) cost of his shelter accommodation is covered by his benefits.

Should he find an apartment of this own, he'd be unable to claim the full rent because of a cap, which could price him out of his neighbourhood.

"I want to live in my neighbourhood. That's Neukoelln. I've been there for 15 years," he says.

"What bothers me is that in Berlin, more and more neighbourhoods are becoming ghettos. Berlin is not changing for the better."

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