“The welfare state will inevitably be damaged by free migration,” the prominent German economist Hans-Werner Sinn told the newspaper “Tagesspiegel.”
This would also hurt the poorest citizens, he added. According to the Munich-based Ifo Institute, the integration of refugees will cost Germany 21 billion euros in 2016.
Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn stated that the country should not take on debts for integrating migrants, but resort to the current budget. He stressed that this was possible, adding: “At the moment, we still have a surplus.”
In his opinion, the priority should be to integrate the refugees into the German labor market. However, their level of qualification must not be overestimated, he added: “About half of the Syrian refugees living in Turkish camps do not have the most basic knowledge of arithmetic that is needed here.”