Hamburg taxpayers have spent €5.4 billion on migrants since 2015

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German tax-payers have been forced to spend close to 5.35 billion euros on asylum seekers from 2015 to the end of 2019.

The figures were released by the Hamburg Senate following a request from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) citizens’ group, Junge Freiheit reports.

In 2015, the city spent just under 735 million on expenses for the accommodations and integration of asylum seekers. The following year, the city’s spending on migrants swelled to 1.5 billion euros, while in 2017 and 2018 spending dropped to about one billion per year.

As of June of 2019, the city’s expenditures on migrants was at roughly 500 million. By the end of this year, the Senate expects German taxpayers to have spent close to 800 million euros to house, clothe, feed, and educate the migrants.

In its response to the AfD citizens’ group, the Senate noted that “proof of the direct and indirect refugee-related costs and investments is not always ascertainable”.

Alexander Wolf, the chairman of the AfD parliamentary group in Hamburg, criticized the city’s enormous expenditures on migrant welfare, referring to them as “the insane cost of [Germany’s] refugee policy.”

The “astronomical sums” spend on migrant welfare “without [Hamburgers] ever being asked whether they want it at all” are “a bottomless bit” Wolf continued while pointing out that five billion euros in five years is as much as the “gross domestic product of many African countries”.

It’s not just Hamburg taxpayers who are being forced to spend astronomical sums of money on migrants. In September, Germany’s Federal Employment Agency released figures which revealed that 40 percent of all welfare recipients in Germany are foreigners, costing German taxpayers more than 4 billion euros each month.