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Germany Adds Over $3b to Migrant Assistance Package

Germany Adds Over $3b to Migrant Assistance PackageGermany Adds Over $3b to Migrant Assistance Package

Following late night talks in Berlin, the coalition government has agreed to a budget of €6 billion ($6.7 billion) to fund the care of migrants coming into Germany. Thousands more refugees reached the country over the weekend.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition has agreed to include €3 billion in the 2016 budget, and has set aside a further €3 billion to help states and local governments, DW reported.

During late Sunday night talks in Berlin, the leaders of the Christian Democratic Union and its sister party Bavaria-based Christian Social Union, along with the Social Democrats, discussed whether asylum seekers should be given material assistance rather than cash. The topic had been a key point of conflict ahead of the talks.

The decision came after the weekend arrivals of thousands of migrants from Syria and elsewhere, many of whom had spent days waiting to travel on from Hungary, walking and sleeping with their families in the open air. They were welcomed at train stations in Germany and taken to temporary accommodation.

Senior Social Democrat Thomas Oppermann said he was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, writing on his Twitter account that there had been a “good outcome.”

“No decent person can remain cold and dismissive in the face of such suffering,” he said.

Over the weekend, Merkel had come under fire from some members of her own party and the CSU. They had criticized the decision to open Germany’s borders to migrants and refugees in Hungary over the weekend.