Ahmet Yıldırım / Dortmund, Sep 7 () - Germany, which is currently opening its doors to a record number of refugees, will make an additional six billion euros in public funds available next year to cover the cost of looking after them, the ruling coalition parties decided on Sept.7.
"The federal government will increase its 2016 budget by 3.0 billion euros to cope with the situation with refugees and asylum-seekers and the regional state governments and local authorities will make available a further 3.0 billion euros" the conservative CDU and Social Democrat SPD parties said in a joint statement issued after a late night meeting on Sept.6. Germany is expecting to receive a record 800,000 asylum seekers this year.
The total number is expected to reach 800,000 this year -- four times last year's total -- at a cost of about 10 billion euros ($11 billion) to the state.
This weekend alone, some 17,000 migrants were expected to have passed through Bavaria, federal police said. While Germany has seen a spate of xenophobic rallies and attacks against foreigners, especially in the former communist East, many people believe the country, given its dark wartime and Holocaust history and current wealth, has a special obligation to help refugees.