Auditors: German integration courses for migrants are a waste
The Federal Agency for Employment (BA) is said to have spent over €400 million on courses designed to help migrants learn German and integrate into country’s economic and social life. However, among German auditors there is a serious concern that large piece of the sum has been simply wasted: some classes did not record attendance lists, while others did not even take place.
First of all, one of the main problems is that BA did not hand down any strict guidelines as to how the money should be allocated. This means that both private and government-based language courses were expected to function without a common set of rules and authorities’ control. Moreover, according to Stern, course materials offered to the asylum seekers were generally poor which led to steadily declining class attendance and the eventual dissolution of the groups. Some of the courses were obvious wastes of money and had no chance to succeed from the start. For instance, a course labelled as “active promotion of the labor market” was given to children under 13 years old.
Apart from organizational issues, there are also justified doubts over the quality of the teaching itself. Hafez, a 25-year-old Syrian who came to Frankfurt last year, told Financial Times that lessons on his course — in a private language school paid for by the German government — often did not even take place. “My teacher is a good person, but a bad teacher. Classes are often cancelled without any notice and they also disappeared for a month,” he says.
The irony is that with so many new arrivals, Germany’s in desperate need of more language courses. Frankfurt alone has 20 approved language schools, yet demand outstrips supply. Despite existing concerns over their work’s quality, German language teachers were awarded a 15 per cent pay rise last year as classes swelled.
Last year, the costs were so high that the government had to earmark its entire budget surplus to migrant programs. Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, well known for its anti-mass migration ideas made a freedom of information request in order to point out where all the money was actually going. AfD discovered that some of the expenditure points were absolutely unreasonable. For instance, “music festival for cultural integration” cost taxpayers €645,500.
In hindsight, expenses’ expediency issue is not brand new. In Bad Berleburg, 21 migrants are costing over €500,000 monthly because they live in a facility meant for 500 people. According to Breitbart, there are more houses facing such a problem even within North-Rhine Westphalia’s borders. In Wickede-Wimbern, 54 migrants are housed at the facility at a cost of €741,900.80 per month. A migrant home in Bad Laasphe does not house a single migrant but costs €620,019.63 per month to run. The most expensive home in Mohnesee, which has a capacity for 1,000 migrants, houses 370 and costs nearly €1.2 million a month.