Exclusive Exclusive: German States Double Spending On Refugees in 2016

Germany’s states have budgeted a total of €16.7 billion ($19 billion) this year to help integrate refugees into the country. That is double the amount spent by the states in 2015 and amounts to between 3 percent and 8 percent of the total budget of each state, according to a survey of the 16 state capitals conducted by Handelsblatt. The additional costs, which include housing, language training, courses to integrate refugees, and in some cases additional policing, are leading some state premiers to push for more federal aid. “We need a new cost distribution that sees the federal government taking on an additional double-digit billion amount,” Malu Dreyer, the state premier of Rhineland-Palatinate told Handelsblatt. More than 1 million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015. While the influx has slowed since the start of this year, many of the state costs are earmarked for integrating those refugees who reached the country last year.   Read the full story in Friday’s Handelsblatt Global Edition at 12:00 Central European Time. Picture Source: Sebastian Kahnert / DPA