Asylum seekers in Germany are being offered money towards new kitchens, bathrooms and rent if they go back to their home countries.
Angela Merkel’s government has launched the new incentive initiative in a bid to increase the number of refugees returning to their country of origin.
The “Your country. Your future. Now!” scheme was launched by the Federal Ministry of the Interior in the wake of uncertain elections – which were dominated by the issue of immigration.
Under existing schemes, each refugee was given €1,200 to leave the country. This will now be topped up by €3,000 per family and €1,000 for each individual.
According to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper the money can be used for home renovations or rental fees.
“When you voluntarily decide to return by the end of February, in addition to start-up help you can provisionally receive housing cost help for the first 12 months in your homeland,” Thomas de Maizière, the German interior minister, told the newspaper.
Günter Burkhardt, the head of Pro Asyl, told the Times: “He’s trying to entice people to give up their rights in the basest manner.”