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Germany: Youth welfare offices receive 322 million euros for migrant minors

Düsseldorf - The youth welfare offices in North Rhine-Westphalia received 322 million euros last year for the care of unaccompanied minors. The city of Cologne alone received almost 30 million euros for this in 2020, according to a response from the state government to a request from the AfD state parliament member Gabriele Walger-Demolsky. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia paid the youth welfare offices in Düsseldorf alone 23.8 million euros.

According to the state government, the amounts include the costs for accommodation, meals and care. This also covers the educational measures for the migrants.

AfD criticizes the age determination process
An earlier request from the AfD had shown that from 2016 to 2019 in NRW 26,883 unaccompanied minor refugees were taken into the care of youth welfare offices. In around 90 percent of the cases, the age was determined by a so-called qualified inspection.

Walger-Demolsky complained that often no reliable age determination was made for the refugees. “It is a scandal that reliable age determinations are only carried out in very few cases. If this were the case, many beneficiaries would lose their entitlements because they are in fact of legal age,” said the integration policy spokeswoman for the AfD parliamentary group to Junge Freiheit. Investigations in Sweden have shown this to a considerable extent in some cases.

According to a study by the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Münster from 2019, a large proportion of underage immigrants lie when they give their ages. At the time, the forensic doctors at the university clinic examined around 600 so-called unaccompanied minor refugees, whose age was questioned, on behalf of the courts. It turned out that around 40 percent of them were verifiably 18 years or older.

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