Prof Hans-Werner Sinn, 68, is one of Germany’s leading economic experts and serves on the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Economics, cited research saying that the migrant crisis in Germany had cost the country in the region of £17 billion (20bn euros) and would cost the country around £340bn (400bn euros) in the long-term.
Before retiring he held the chair of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Munich.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under fire over her migrant policy
Prof Sinn, speaking to The European magazine, said: “The Chancellor’s action can be justified for humanitarian reasons, but it was a flagrant violation of the right to asylum which prevents refugees from coming to Germany via safe third countries in order to apply for asylum there.
“Refugees who are seized at the border are to be rejected, it is said unequivocally in law.
“The Chancellor should have asked the Bundestag [parliament] to change the Asylum Act and the Basic Law, but she did not.”
Angela Merkel attended the Munich Security Conference recently
Around one million migrants are estimated to have arrived in Germany
Refugees who are seized at the border are to be rejected, it is said unequivocally in law
Prof Hans-Werner Sinn
He added Germany did not cope well with the huge numbers of migrants which made their way to the country, with around one million people estimated to have come to the country in 2015 alone.
The professor said: “We could not stand it [a second migrant wave]. We can not even stand the first one well.”
Prof Sinn, the author of the books Casino Capitalism and The Green Paradox, cited research by Prof Bernd Raffelhüschen, who is the professor of Economics at the University of Freiburg, who estimated the current cost of the migrant crisis was £17bn.
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In these composite images, a comparison has been made between a scene at a key location during the height of the 2015 migrant crisis last year and the situation there now
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In this composite image a comparison has been made between a scene at a key location during the height of the 2015 migrant crisis last year and the situation there now
At the time, Prof Raffelhüschen said: "Politicians now have to ensure the best possible integration to at least curb the costs partly.
"Germany can't afford uncontrolled immigration permanently."
Angela Merkel visited a migrant shelter and school in 2015
Migrants given shelter and food having arrived in Germany
While Prof Sinn criticised the government over its handling of the migrant situation he praised Mrs Merkel’s overall handling of the economy, saying it was in a “very strong” situation.
He said: “After the crisis two and a half decades ago, the German economy has pulled itself together well and does not need the stimulus of low interest rates.
“It does not need the low exchange rates of the euro. All this leads to artificial competitive advantages, which can lead to a certain self-assurance and neglect of further innovations.”
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