Amid a refugee crisis, Germany’s federal government could spend 93.6 billion euros ($106.2 billion) on housing, language lessons and other basic needs over the next five years, a German weekly magazine reported Saturday.
Citing a finance ministry draft document, Der Spiegel magazine, which is based in Hamburg, reported that the Germany took in approximately 1.1 million refugees last year and is predicting that 600,000 refugees will enter the country this year. Then 400,000 are expected next year and 300,000 per year for the following years. Most of the migrants are coming from Syria and other war zones.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has divided Germans with an open-door policy that has attracted more recent Syrian migrants than any other European country. A poll earlier this year indicated that Germans are becoming more skeptical of refugees, as an anti-immigration movement gains more support and attacks against refugee shelters continue.
The costs associated with refugees will rise from 16.1 billion euros this year to 20.4 billion in 2020, according to the Associated Press, and the statement predicts that more than half of documented refugees will find work within that time.
A finance ministry spokesman declined to comment on the numbers, but said federal officials were aiming to reach an agreement about it by the end of the month, the AP reported.