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Merkel releases hefty refugee bill for Germany

Staff Writer | May 26, 2017
Germany spent around 20 billion euros ($22.4 billion) on refugees in 2016, according to government figures.
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Germany   The government expects to spend 93.6 billion
More than half the money, 11 billion euros ($12.33 billion), went to curbing the flow of migrants to Europe. The remaining 9.3 billion euros (10.4 billion) was provided to Germany’s 16 states to assist migrants.

The actual total is likely higher as the figure doesn’t include money spent by individual states.

Germany has taken more than one million migrants over the past two years. Peter Altmaier, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, said the money appears to be well spent since the influx went down from 2015 to 2016.

A quarter of the money, 5.5 billion euros ($6.17 billion), went to supporting asylum seekers who were not yet recognized by the state.

Another 2 billion euros ($2.24 billion) were spent on an integration program for new arrivals.

The government expects to spend 93.6 billion ($105 billion) on the refugee crisis by the end of 2020, according to a 2016 report. They expect that 55 percent of recognized refugees have a job after five years in the country.