Immigration a ‘losing game’ according to German economist

Mosque in Cologne, Germany. Source.

In a guest contribution to the Monday edition of the German Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, the president of the Munich-based research institute claimed that Germany’s current immigration policy had several failures.

“Immigration as it currently stands is going wrong,” Hans-Werner Sinn wrote.

According to researchers at the Ifo Institute, a study carried out by the Bertelsmann Foundation did not take expenses into account. The study, which was released in late November, came to the conclusion that foreigners living in Germany contributed in 2012 €22 billion ($26 billion USD) to the welfare state.

At the time of its release, the study caused somewhat of a stir in the media as it contradicted popular assumptions among the German population regarding the cost of migration.

In Monday’s edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine, however, Sinn rebuked the study’s claims, saying that “on the net balance sheet, immigration cost the state more in social costs and other issues than it brings in through taxes and social contributions.”

A new calculation Ifo Institute claims that “every migrant costs €1,800 euros more per year than they contribute.”

Sinn went on to accuse the media of misreading the Bertelsmann study last month.

“Faced with this situation, we should finally begin a non-ideological debate on immigration policy which is not driven by the quest for political correctness,” demanded the Ifo president.

“In future immigrants from non-EU countries should be selected by age, qualification, health, language skills and assets”…

The article mentions how many people have signed a anti-PEGIDA petition but — of course! — fails to note that the pro-PEGIDA was shut down by  PEGIDA is the group opposed to the Islamization of Germany.

  • Oh The horror! It’s Nazi Germany All Over Again!

    • Pete_Brewster

      Or a Kremlin plot, the MSM aren’t sure which.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Europeans don’t function according to logic or reason they function according to hate and stupidity. They always do the worst stupid thing because it’s the worst stupid thing. So if immigration doesn’t make economic sense then they will do it even harder.

    • Just a thought

      So, what you are saying is, they are Leftists?

      • Frau Katze

        They have a severe case of it.

      • Hard Little Machine


  • Just a thought

    Europe has been shooting itself in the foot for at least 4 decades, and the possibility that it might not be a good idea is just occurring to them. If it takes them that long to respond, now that they are aware there’s a problem, they really are toast.

  • Alain

    Sad as it may be I no longer care what happens in the EU. Why should I when they themselves do not care. What I do care about is Canada, and I suggest that an honest look at the facts would confirm that our mass immigration costs us much more than what the government and elitists claim. In other words the cost greatly outweighs any benefits.

  • James Hamilton

    A study published couple of years ago by Fraser Institutes puts the cost at 4 billion per annum Canada spends on new immigrants.
    My Summary on immigration:
    1. Financial Benefits = Negative
    2. Social Benefits = Detrimental
    3. Moral Benefits = Adverse
    4. Cultural Benefits = Devastating
    Still politicians & media tells us to welcome immigrants & celebrate multiculturalism.

    • Alain