Germany’s €93bn refugee crisis budget
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.