It is time to bury the Progressive myth that migrants swarming into Europe are going to replace the continent's shrinking workforce. Hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly fighting-age men from Arab and Muslim countries, are now living off welfare instead of seeking gainful employment, German media reports say.
Municipalities and town councils across Germany face severe financial constrains as an ever-increasing number of young migrants go on welfare. An estimated 600,000 of the newly-arrived ‘refugees’ are currently living on the dole despite being young and apparently employable, German newspaper Die Welt writes.
The number of migrants living on the dole is growing at an alarming rate. In 2017, their figure rose by 70 percent compared to that of last year. Die Welt reported the story:
Municipalities warn of the failing labor market integration of the refugees. Around 600,000 refugees are receiving basic income support payment (the Hartz IV benefits), Gerd Landsberg, the Managing Director of Association of Towns and Municipalities, told the newspapers belonging to Funke Mediengruppe. That is an increase of 250.000 individuals compared to the figure of 2016.
Less than 200,000 refugees have taken up occupations that were subjected to social security deductions. “The numbers show that massive efforts must to be undertaken to successfully integrate refugees into the labor market,” Landsberg added.
Just weeks after German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to open her country’s doors to an unprecedented migrant influx in the autumn of 2015, German weekly Die Zeit ran an editorial titled: “Refugees: A small hope for our pension fund.” In February 2016, the leading German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau declared, “The migrants will pay our pensions.” The newspaper rejoiced over the fact that these young men will soon be “paying into our social security system.”
As 2017 comes to an end, those dreams are going up on flames. To keep Germany’s welfare system going, Merkel’s conservative CDU party is proposing to raise the retirement age for German workers.
If Merkel’s CDU has its way, the aging German population will soon be working beyond its usual retirement age to provide for the growing number of unemployed refugees.
The price tag on Merkel’s ill-advised Migrant Policy could be as high as €878 billion, the German think-tank Stiftung Marktwirtschaft estimates. If, however, the second generation of these migrants also fails to find its way into the labor market, that cost would skyrocket to €1.5 trillion, claims the leading German economist Bernd Raffelhüschen.
If Merkel and the country’s political class stay the course, Germany will go bankrupt even before it gets Islamized.