350,000 foreigners applied for asylum in Germany in 2023 as welfare payments soared

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By John Cody
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Germany continues to be inundated with immigrants under the current left-liberal government with asylum applications jumping 51.1 percent to 350,000 last year compared to 2022, which featured 217,774 applications.

The data, which is from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, shows most applicants arrived from Syria (105,000), Turkey (63,000) and Afghanistan (54,000). The federal office issued decisions on 261,601 applications last year, approving over half of the applicants’ asylum requests, totaling 51.7 percent.

The number of asylum applications in Germany rose significantly last year. In total, more than 350,000 foreigners applied for refugee protection in Germany in 2023. Compared to the same period last year (217,774 initial applications), this represents an increase of 51.1 percent, said the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

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One of the surprising numbers from the report is that asylum applicants from Turkey are soaring despite Turkey being a NATO country.

“Such a development is not acceptable for a NATO partner and EU membership candidate,” said the deputy chairwoman of the CDU parliamentary group, Andrea Lindholz, regarding the surge in Turkish asylum requests.

The data also shows that asylum applications increased from South America in December, where Venezuela came in seventh place overall, with 431 applicants, while Colombia was in eighth place, with 372.

However, the data does not tell the full story with the German government also flying in foreigners directly from migrants’ home countries at the expense of German taxpayers under a scheme for “particularly vulnerable people.” The dramatic rise in asylum claims also does not include the 1.1 million Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Germany since the start of the conflict with Russia, nor does it include illegal immigration, which has soared in recent months and prompted the federal government to impose more restrictive border controls.

The data comes at a time when the public is rebelling against mass immigration, with a majority of Germans saying that there are more problems than benefits due to mass immigration all amidst rising costs and spiraling debt loads. The government is scrambling to cut services and raise taxes on a range of business sectors, due in large part to the rising cost of immigrants.

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The government’s “citizen’s money,” which is the name of its welfare program, is costing the government a total of €40 billion a year. However, data from the Federal Employment Agency shows that 62.5 percent of the program’s recipients from those who are actually eligible for work are people with a “migration background.” Although making up a relatively small portion of Germany’s overall population, that means migrants are getting the lion’s share of the “citizen’s money,” and many of them are not even citizens.

Furthermore, the amount of money one is eligible for is tied to the amount of children each family has. On average, foreigners are receiving far higher welfare payments than Germans, who receive €658 per month, while Ukrainians receive €684, Turks €744, and Iranians €755. Starting in January of this year, rates have also increased, which means even more enormous sums will be paid out in 2024.

Citizen’s money does not tell the whole story either. In addition, German taxpayers pay for housing, education, social services, and a range of other benefits to migrants, with the German government paying out €36 billion in total to migrants in 2023.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) has come out against the massive wealth transfers from German citizens to foreigners in a statement, writing: “The AfD is the only party that does not accept that our wealth is being given away to the whole world. We will convert cash benefits for asylum seekers into benefits in kind, protect our national borders, and consistently deport illegal migrants so that the costs of citizens’ benefits are drastically reduced. Because social assistance benefits are primarily available to those who also pay into the state coffers as German citizens. Our tax money belongs to the Germans and not to humanity!”

The CDU, which is also largely responsible for a huge surge in migrants under the chancellorship of Angela Merkel, is criticizing the left-liberal government as well.

“Unimpressed, the traffic light is sticking to its paradigm shift in migration policy and is even now pushing turbo-naturalization through the Bundestag,” said the CDU parliamentary group’s domestic policy spokesman, Alexander Throm.

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