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Germany's costly migrant spending plan

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 01:39

Germany's federal states are planning to spend around 17 billion euros dealing with the refugee crisis in 2016, according to the newspaper Die Welt. That's more than the government allocates to education and, as Sonia Legg reports, it's not going down well with all Germans.

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It's a been a busy Christmas for German police in the Bavarian city of Rosenheim. Every day they say up to 2,000 migrants cross into the country from Austria. (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESMAN FOR FEDERAL POLICE, RAINER SCHARF, SAYING: "It's hard on our families because they are without us and the federal police are on duty around the clock." Most officers consider it part of their job. But not everyone in Germany supports Angela Merkel's policy. According to the Die Welt newspaper, Germany's federal states are planning to spend around 17 billion euros dealing with the refugee crisis in 2016. That's almost two billion more than the central government allocated to its education and research ministry this year. IG's Chris Beauchamp. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IG, MARKET ANALYST, CHRIS BEAUCHAMP, SAYING: "We have already seen critical opinions being voiced in Germany about the government's policy and Angela Merkel's vision now looks a lot less secure than it did a couple of months ago." The German economy can cope. Latest data suggests industrial companies plan to increase investments by 6 percent in 2016 And long term Germany needs migrants. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IG, MARKET ANALYST, CHRIS BEAUCHAMP, SAYING: "Migration in pure economic terms will be good for the German economy and will maintain economic growth, especially when you consider that population growth in Germany is weak. But it is a tricky balancing act and I am not sure that Merkel is as in charge as she should be of the current situation." Her popularity rating has also fallen in recent months as a result of the migrant situation. And Die Welt said the latest figure could end up being far higher. It was apparently based on estimates that 800,000 refugees would come to Germany in 2015. At the end of November the actual figure was already 965,000.

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Germany's costly migrant spending plan

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 01:39