Germany to halve federal aid for refugees next year
Germany plans to halve the federal aid it allocates for states to cover expenses of receiving and integrating refugees next year as part of budget-tightening amid soaring inflation after years of generous spending, sources told Reuters on Monday.
More than 1 million people sought refuge in Germany after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine and supporting them has taken a toll on the country's cities and municipalities and the country's 16 states have been demanding more federal funds to cover refugees' expenses next year.
On Monday, Berlin informed the states it would allocate a maximum of 1.7 billion euros ($1.80 billion) as support for refugees' expenses in 2024, down from 3.75 billion euros this year, two government sources said, who declined to be named due to the confidentiality of the meeting.
The federal government did not promise that it will match 2023 funding in the following years.