The rule was first introduced by Denmark and Switzerland in December 2015 and caused several protests across Europe. The new measure was aimed at "finding assets which may cover the expenses" of the state, the Washington Post reported earlier.
Now it appears that not only the Danes and Swiss, but also the Germans have started to confiscate money from refugees entering the country.
In Baden-Württemberg, refugees are allowed to have only 350 euros. They also can keep items which are necessary to maintain a modest standard of living, like watches and mobile phones.
In December 2015, Baden-Württemberg's authorities are reported to have seized tens of thousands of euros from newcomers. The measure has been criticized by several media outlets, although the local authorities argue that those receiving state benefits must first cover expenses with their own assets.