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”…

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