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Germany to spend 94 billion euros on refugees

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The German government expects to spend 93.6 billion euros ($106 billion) supporting refugees over the next five years, German media reported.

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Der Spiegel quoted a federal Finance Ministry document calling for 93.6 billion euros to be spent on refugees over the next five years, Deutsche Welle reports.

About 25.7 billion euros was expected to go towards social spending, especially jobless payments and housing support.

About 5.7 billion euros was calculated for language courses and 4.6 billion was estimated for helping integrate refugees into the workforce.

The overall amount of 93.6 billion euros also includes money set aside for efforts to combat the reasons people flee their home countries to seek refuge in Germany in the first place.

Officials based their estimates on a declining number of refugee arrivals - 600,000 this year, 400,000 next year and 300,000 each year after that until 2020. In their calculations it was also assumed that 55 percent of the people who are recognized as refugees would find jobs within five years.

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