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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Friday, August 21, 2015

Integrate refugees to boost economy

Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees this week adjusted the number of asylum seekers it expects for this year upwards to 800,000. This will entail costs of around ten billion euros for the federal states and local authorities - but the spending will actually have a stimulating effect on the economy, the left-wing daily taz explains: "Building contractors will profit because they will be hired to build refugee centres. Caterers who supply food for asylum centres will also do good business. The same goes for the refugees as what happened during reunification: the government expenditures will have the same effect as a stimulus package. … In Germany sixteen million citizens have a 'migration background'. This hasn't generated costs. On the contrary, the Bertelsmann Foundation published a study that focussed solely on inhabitants with a foreign status and found that per capita and per year they pay 3,300 euros more in taxes and social contributions than they receive from the state. So there's no need to panic. Instead the refugees should be integrated as quickly as possible. That will be worthwhile. For everyone."

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