BERLIN : Germany plans to halve the federal assist it allocates for states to cowl bills of receiving and integrating refugees subsequent 12 months as a part of budget-tightening amid hovering inflation after years of beneficiant spending, sources informed Reuters on Monday (Sep 25).
Greater than 1 million individuals sought refuge in Germany after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and supporting them has taken a toll on the nation’s cities and municipalities and the nation’s 16 states have been demanding extra federal funds to cowl refugees’ bills subsequent 12 months.
On Monday, Berlin knowledgeable the states it will allocate a most of €1.7 billion (US$1.80 billion) as assist for refugees’ bills in 2024, down from €3.75 billion this 12 months, two authorities sources mentioned, who declined to be named as a result of confidentiality of the assembly.
The federal authorities didn’t promise that it’s going to match 2023 funding within the following years.
A spokesperson for the finance ministry mentioned a gathering of the federal and states’ governments on Monday on the problems yielded no outcomes forward of a deliberate session with the chancellor in November.
“Primarily, the states are answerable for the lodging and care of refugees. The federal authorities is conscious of the nationwide dimension,” the spokesperson added.
The federal government will remove its contribution to the prices of caring for and integrating Ukrainian refugees as properly, the sources added.