Germany will spend more than €20 billion on 'refugees' in 2016, one of the world's top trade research centres has reported. The mass influx of migrants has already cost the government around €9.2 billion in the first half of this year, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) has calculated.
The projected migrant bill could be even higher than €20 billion, however, as the study does not account for a scenario where the number of migrants arriving sharply increases.
The huge expenditure includes "additional staff" at the Federal Police and at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), as well as spending on "the initial supply in lodging or local health services, and inputs such as housing rental", the report explains.
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