Germany 'Should Give Refugees Job' Instead of Confiscating Valuables

© REUTERS / Fabrizio BenschRefugees stand inside a bus arriving from the Bavarian town of Landshut to the Chancellery building in Berlin, Germany, January 14, 2016
Refugees stand inside a bus arriving from the Bavarian town of Landshut to the Chancellery building in Berlin, Germany, January 14, 2016 - Sputnik International
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German authorities should provide refugees with job opportunities instead of confiscating their valuables, a member of the Bundestag told Sputnik.

Refugees wait to be registered in a service tent at the train station in the Bavarian city of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. - Sputnik International
Bavarian Authorities Confirm Confiscations of Refugees' Valuables
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova – On Thursday, Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said that asylum seekers arriving in the German region should first give their possessions in excess of 750 euros (some $810 at current exchange rates) to the authorities before they could receive a state support.

Similar measures exist in other European states. In Switzerland, migrants are obliged to hand over assets exceeding some $1,000 to local authorities, while Denmark is discussing provisions to permit confiscation of refugees' belongings to co-finance their presence in the country.

"Instead of taking away their usually small fortune, refugees should get the right to work from the outset, so they can contribute with their own merit to cover the cost of their livelihood," Ulla Jelpke, who represents Die Linke party in the Internal Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, said.

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