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    An illustration picture shows deportation stamps which are used by the German federal police Bundespolizei to stamp ID documents of rejected asylum seekers, in Rosenheim, southern Germany, January 25, 2016.

    German Cities Fear Complete Social Collapse Under Refugee Pressure

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    German’s federal states are appealing to the German Government to step in and take action over EU citizens claiming social assistance, which they claim is draining them of resources and causing the system to collapse amid the refugee crisis.

    The federal states are reeling from two separate crises. One of them is the refugee problem, in which over a million people have fled to Germany from war-torn nations such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The second is EU citizens claiming state benefits in Germany, which is costing the country another US$650 million a year. The federal states say the system cannot handle the avalanche of claims. 

    The chief executive of German Towns and Municipalities, Gerd Landsberg, said a Federal Court ruling that allows EU citizens to claim social assistance after a short stay is bleeding the system.

    "The world has dropped on us an enormous cost avalanche. For the local authorities this jurisprudence has dramatic consequences."

    The Federal Social Court ruled that EU migrants may receive social assistance in Germany after no more than six months. In Germany, the social assistance is higher than a conventional industrial worker’s wage in the poorest EU states.

    Benefit Abuse

    The row comes as the federal states are already crumbling under the burden of financing temporary shelters for refugees, which they say has pushed the civil service to the point of collapse.

    Administrators in Germany’s federal states are struggling to keep up with the registration and deportation process because of decades of cuts to its civil service, which has left the system unable to cope with the influx of over a million refugees. 

    The latest row over social benefits for EU citizens mirrors the case UK Prime Minister David Cameron is making for a renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU. He is calling for in-work benefits to be denied EU citizens working in Britain until they had lived in the UK for four years.

    This has been met with resistance from many EU states. However, the outcry from the German states – and their warning of social collapse – could play into Cameron’s hands when he comes to negotiate what he hopes are the final points at the EU summit in February.

    Germany last year moved to tighten up its welfare legislation in an effort to prevent benefit abuse. At the time, German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters:

    "Freedom of movement is an indispensable element of European integration, which we fully support. But we must not close our eyes to the problems linked to it."

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    • Deport the thugs/no papers or fake passports owners and close the borders.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,

      Or alternatively leave the thugs in the EU so that Western Europe has a taste of the violence and chaos that the US and NATO has bought upon innocent civilians in Africa and the Middle East for many decades.

      It would be better not to ask the US Military for support though as there would be no hospitals, schools or water treatment plants left in Europe ,lol.
    • in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, I see your point the problem is that the europeans didn't ask for that.. living in fear/ suspicion (Calais/cologne or in Sweden).. well people in the M-O didn't ask to die for a so called democracy as well.. The problem is nato/us but how to get rid of them? A huge demonstration of million people? An utopia.
    • in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)

      What you have said is what the government in Europe and America are trying to avoid. Take responsibility for the messes the have created. Europe and America obliterated the most advance, albeit not a nice guy Gadhafi , country in the Middle East and left as usual a mess behind. Now the want to go back in to do what create more mess? Or do they want to go back because they forgot to plunder something that they forgot and left behind?

    • FlorianGeyerin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,
      I agree that the ' trivia deadened ' populace of Europe did not ask for the refugee and terrorist crisis that has now reached Europe. I and others such as you who are more interested in what corrupted world leaders and corporations actually do,rather than the Bread and Circus's that the corrupt leaders keep the populace at large quiet with.

      Behind the benefit systems of Europe that are akin to a tranquiliser to the masses is the cudgel of authoritarianism as witnessed ever more in the good old US of A and Europe.
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