Germany Offering Rejected Asylum Seekers Thousands of Dollars to Go Back

Usually I wouldn’t do two stories on Germany in one day, but I think this is worth breaking the rule.

Germany is offering up to $3500 per a family in an attempt to increase to increase the number of migrants returning to their country.

The migrant crisis has hit Europe hard. In 2015, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed,  “Wir schaffen das (we can do it),” when she promised to take in 1 million asylum seekers. More than 1.4 million people have applied for asylum in Germany since 2014, and about 800,000 applications have been accepted.

According to Eurostat, in 2016 Germany saw the highest record of asylum application in the country’s history.


Under existing schemes, each refugee was given €1,200 ($1420) to leave the country. This will now be topped up by €3,000 ($3,570) per family and €1,000 ($1,190) for each individual. According to the Bild am Sonntag, the money can be used for home renovations or rental fees.

Thomas de Maizière told the newspaper: “When you voluntarily decide to return by the end of February, in addition to start-up help you can provisionally receive housing cost help for the first 12 months in your homeland.”

Sounds like a pretty sweet to deal, however, refugee support organisations have said it amounts to bribery and is underhand.

Günter Burkhardt, the head of Pro Asyl, told the Deutsche Presse Agentur: “He’s trying to entice people to give up their rights in the basest manner.”

The increased cash incentive has resulted from only 8,639 migrants taking part in the return home programme between February and October this year despite 115,000 being eligible.

Critics have pointed out new programs is just a cheaper way for the German government to get rid of the migrants since court appeal and deportation processes are costly. However, according to a survey done by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), a migrant spends more than €7,000 on their trip to Europe, significantly more than they’re eligible to get on the way back.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.