Ger­many’s €93bn refugee cri­sis bud­get

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Ger­many’s govern­ment ex­pects to spend about €93.6 bil­lion (R1.6 tril­lion) by the end of 2020 on costs re­lated to the refugee cri­sis, a mag­a­zine re­ported yes­ter­day, cit­ing a draft from the fed­eral fi­nance de­part­ment for ne­go­ti­a­tions with the coun­try’s 16 states.

The fig­ure is likely to stoke con­cerns, par­tic­u­larly among grow­ing anti-im­mi­gra­tion move­ments, on the ef­fect of new ar­rivals on Europe’s largest econ­omy, which took in more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple last year, many from Syria and other war zones.

The num­ber of peo­ple ar­riv­ing has fallen this year, mainly thanks to a deal be­tween the Euro­pean Union and Turkey that was de­signed to give Turks visa-free travel to Europe in re­turn for stem­ming the flow of refugees.

Ger­man weekly news mag­a­zine Der Spiegel said the fi­nance de­part­ment’s cal­cu­la­tions in­cluded the cost of ac­com­mo­dat­ing and in­te­grat­ing refugees, as well as tack­ling the root cause be­hind peo­ple flee­ing from cri­sis­stricken re­gions.

Of­fi­cials based their es­ti­mates on 600 000 refugees ar­riv­ing this year, 400 000 next year and 300 000 there­after, the re­port said, adding that they ex­pected 55% of recog­nised refugees to have a job af­ter five years.

A spokesper­son for the fi­nance de­part­ment de­clined to com­ment on the fig­ures, but pointed to con­tin­u­ing talks be­tween the govern­ment and states, say­ing they would meet again on May 31 to dis­cuss how to di­vide up the costs be­tween them.

Reuters –

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