UK News 24 – ww reports.
BERLIN – The German government is expecting an average of half a million migrants to arrive in the country every year for the next five years, a newspaper report says. More than a million have already been taken in.
The figure of 3.6 million was calculated on the basis that 2.5 million more migrants would arrive in Germany from 2016 to 2020 in addition to the 1.1 million that came to the country in 2015, the daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” wrote in its report on Thursday. It said it was citing internal prognoses drawn up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.
The ministry told the paper that it had made a “purely technical” estimate of how many migrants would come as part of the basis for its predictions for economic development. It said the estimate had been made in consultation with other government ministries.
However, it warned that it was not currently possible to make any reliably founded prediction of migrant numbers and that the government did not want to issue any official prognosis for this reason.
Another German paper reported on Thursday that Afghan asylum-seekers who were recently flown back to their home country had received 700 euros ($771) in financial support.
The money for the Afghans, who returned home voluntarily, consisted of 200 euros for travel costs and 500 euros to help them re-establish themselves, according to the report in the “Bild” newspaper.
Germany has recently experienced a steep rise in the number of people coming to the country from Afghanistan to apply for asylum. Most Afghans are not eligible for asylum status in Germany, with the government arguing that people driven from their homes by the radical Islamist Taliban can find safe refuge within Afghanistan itself.
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