Germany to spend extra €6bn to fund record influx of 800,000 refugees

The German government will spend an extra €6bn (£4.4bn) to cope with this year’s record influx of refugees, the country’s ruling coalition has said.

State and local governments will receive €3bn to help them house the 800,000 people expected to arrive in Germany this year, and central government plans to free up another €3bn to fund its own expenses, such as paying benefits for the new arrivals.

Leaders from Angela Merkel’s coalition also agreed a other measures, such as speeding up asylum procedures and the construction of shelters.

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