The German authorities also spent 1.4 billion euros on the reception, registration and accommodation of those wishing to obtain refugee status in the country, and an additional 2.1 billion euros on integrating new arrivals. Social transfers, during the process of reviewing applications for temporary asylum or refugee status, have cost Germany more than 1.7 billion euros in total.
The report states that the government has provided local authorities and municipalities with over 9 billion euros to support them amid the influx of migrants.
Germany has been the key destination for thousands of refugees and immigrants coming to Europe since the start of 2015. Some 280,000 refugees came to Germany in 2016, compared to 890,000 arrivals in the previous year, according to the German Interior Ministry. The majority of the asylum seekers are from Syria and Afghanistan.
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