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Socially troubled area

A socially troubled area is an area where the majority of inhabitants is socially disadvantaged and affected by poverty or unemployment or low-incomes. These areas are often situated on the margins of cities and suffer from poor infrastructure. In German public and political debates, these areas are often generally referred to as “social hotspots” (Sozialer Brennpunkt). This stigmatises whole areas and devalues them as “problem areas” or “No Go Zones” and does not reflect the reality of the inhabitants’ lives.