It seems as though Angela Merkel has seen the light. Or maybe she just sees that her country has gone done hill since the first wave of refugees have been admitted. Either way, this is good news for German citizens.
The German government is currently offering a one-time payment of 3,000 euros to any refugee that goes home before their asylum request is rejected. The Interior Minister says that those who qualify have until February 28th to apply for this program.
“When you voluntarily decide to return by the end of February, in addition to start-up help you can provisionally receive housing cost help for the first 12 months in your homeland,” Thomas de Maizière, the German interior minister, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
Another program, which offers migrants 1,200 euros per adult and 600 euros per child to leave Germany before their asylum request, has been in place for almost a year. Now they are eligible to apply for both programs.
According to a report from the Bild am Sonntag newspaper Sunday, only 8,639 migrants took advantage of the previous returnee program between February and October. This is only a fraction of the whopping 115,000 rejected refugees in Germany.
With more money being offered, there is a bigger incentive for these migrants to return to their own countries. And who wouldn’t take free money? It can be used towards finding a permanent home and making a better life for yourself.
At first, I thought this was a hefty price for taxpayers to pay. But after thinking about it more, I think it is worth every penny. This program is a relatively peaceful way to clean up a country that Islamists have left in disarray.
Now of course there will be people who refuse this offer, much like the previous one. Creating a program to remove those folks in a humane manner will be critical. But I’ll leave that up to the German government to figure out.
This is clearly a step in the right direction and I hope more countries follow in the footsteps of Germany in regards to reimmigration policies.