German economist: “The welfare state will inevitably be damaged by free migration”

“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.”

  • Brett_McS

    And we have an early leader in the “No Sh*t, Sherlock” stakes for 2016!

    • Hands down!

    • Norman_In_New_York

      You took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Xavier

      No no no you simpletons don’t understand that the economy is complicated, complex, chaotic and only the very best brains on the planet can comprehend that $/n becomes smaller as n increases.

      Bloody ignorant peasants.

  • Millie_Woods

    “…do not have the most basic knowledge of arithmetic that is needed here.”

    How much arithmetic do you need to qualify for welfare?

    • V10_Rob

      To be fair, a lot of native born Westerners have also demonstrated a lack of basic knowledge of arithmetic.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The welfare state has always been unsustainable.

      • Millie_Woods

        What’s that got to do with Syrians migrating to Germany and collecting welfare?

        • V10_Rob

          Well for one, it helps explain why idiot politicians have pledged cradle to grave welfare to anyone that wants it, and insist that every additional person on the dole enriches the country. Unfortunately, we do not have enough native born deadbeats to fully realize the potential prosperity, so we need to import them from abroad.

          They are convinced there is a global gold rush going on, but instead of a feverish rush to dig shiny rocks out of the ground, they are in a mad scramble to stake a claim on swathes of impoverished and ignorant people. The engine of the economy are the legions of social workers and bureaucrats, and GDP is measured in warm fuzzies and moral smugness.

  • Dana Garcia

    Economist Milton Friedman stated in 1997 “It`s just obvious you can`t have free immigration and a welfare state.”

  • DMB

    Here is a good idea!

    • OR…..

      Give Western troops stakes in oil fields. If the Americans take three years to wipe out ISIS, each American soldier takes a three year share of that oil field.

      He has earned it.

      THEN one might see Iraqis get off of their @$$es to fight.

      • P_F

        Not a bad idea, there actually was a ‘prize department’ under British Empire. All the war booty was deposited with prize department which use to evaluate & redistribute it according to the individual participation.

    • I would not suggest giving military training to the invaders to reconquer their countries. They might come back and use it against us too.

      • DMB

        Good point!

  • 21 billion euros divided among 1 million invaders equals 21’000 euros per invader. Not a bad salary for people without a penny. No wonder they come in droves.

  • “I suppose that’s like saying – ‘amid dystopic visions of a Nazi Europe, remember the VW Beetle.’” – Lol, good one BCF.

  • Gary

    Amazing how these Widows and Orphans look so much like healthy young males.