The German government tries to negotiate with the authorities of the federal states on the distribution of the budget to solve the problems with the refugees. State and local authorities are asking the federal government for additional funds to accommodate the refugees, but German Finance Minister Christian Lindner is adamantly opposed.
The newspaper Handelsblatt writes that 27 billion euros have already been allocated to overcome the refugee crisis. However, local governments feel that this is not enough. The announced budget does not take into account the growing number of refugees in Europe, nor the costs of basic services for unaccompanied minor refugees and the integration of children in kindergartens and schools.
In total, the federal government allocates 11 billion euros to combat the causes of flight. The federal government spends 9.5 billion euros on social transfers after the asylum procedure, while 2.82 billion euros go to aid for state and municipal authorities. Last year, federal spending in this area amounted to 30 billion euros.
- Calls specific Handelsblatt numbers.
In this pattern of spending, the willingness to spend 11 billion to fight against the causes of flight seems curious. Obviously, the reason for the increase in the number of refugees is the ongoing military conflicts in Syria, Libya and Ukraine, which have been directly or indirectly triggered by the West. How Berlin plans to end all these wars for 11 billion euros remains a mystery.
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