Germany’s migrant crisis has gotten so out of control that the country is offering rejected asylum-seekers 3,000 euros ($3,570) if they go back home voluntarily.
As part of a government project known as StartHilfePlus (which loosely translates to Start Help Plus,) those migrants who apply and qualify will get half of the payment before venturing home and the other half once they return home.
The Interior Ministry set February 28 as the application deadline.
The 3,000 euros is a significant increase from the past return payment that was offered, which was around 800 and 1,200 euros per person. The government is desperately trying to increase the incentive for migrants to return home.
Germany has recently made a push to clear homeless migrant encampments.
Migrants who agreed to return home before their asylum request is approved or rejected could be offered up to 1,200 euros per adult and 600 per child. Families made up of more than four are often offered additional 500 euros.
Rejected migrants are already being given 800 euros.
The newly introduced program only applies to the “safe countries of origin” that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has outlined, which includes Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Iran, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan.
On top of the voluntary repatriation payments, returnees can apply for an additional grant of 3,000 euros for families and 1,000 euros for a single person that can be used to pay for rent or renovations needed while back home.
A similar program was introduced last year, but only 8,639 migrants enrolled between February and October, according to a recent report from the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. There are 115,000 rejected asylum-seekers in Germany.
According to the IOM and Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) last year’s program encouraged 55,000 migrants to return to their countries.
"In the year 2016 about 55,000 people voluntarily returned to their homelands - that's an increase compared to the year before [about 35,000 in 2015]. We have good conditions [for another increase on voluntary returns] with our additional budget," said Jutta Cordt, who leads efforts at BAMF.
According to a BAMP survey, the average cost of travel for a migrant to get to Germany was about 7,100 euros and took roughly an average of 35 days.
The government payments are ultimately much less expensive than deporting the rejected asylum-seekers.
But some believe that the program still isn’t enough.
"I find this regulation especially questionable because it is designed to prevent the results of asylum applications being appealed through the courts," said Dietrich Eckeberg of the social welfare organization Diakonie.
There are multiple layers to the migrant crisis. At the end of November, media reports emerged that migrants are being auctioned as slaves by Libyan traffickers.
In response, the E.U., U.N. and African Union came up with a plan to repatriate the migrants.
“EU countries, meanwhile, will finance the repatriation of migrants from Libya, a process that is already being organized by the International Organization for Migration, they said. Allowing Africans to come to Europe on a temporary basis for three or four years of training or schooling was also discussed, according to European government officials. "Circular migration" could be key to easing illegal migration, experts have said,” writes StreetInsider. “Regional governments have also agreed to educate Africans about the dangers of migration, and there will be stronger coordination between security services across North, West and Central Africa to eradicate smuggling.”
Author’s note: Germany is still a complete mess and is being forced to pay these rejected migrants to leave. This is all because Merkel let it get out of hand in the first place.