German citizens are outraged after learning a polygamous Syrian refugee will be receiving £320,000 in annual benefits from the government.
The 49-year-old man, named Ghazia A, arrived in Germany last year, accompanied by his four wives and 23 children.
Germans, of course, are not allowed to be polygamous. But a local official in the German town where Ghazia lives said an exemption was made for him. The refugee was allowed to declare one wife as his ‘main’ partner and bring the remaining three with him as ‘friends.’
In Syria, Ghazia worked as a mechanic. He has not worked since arriving in Germany; he’d rather spend time with his multiple families.
“In our religion it is my duty to visit every family and to be with them,” says Ghazia.
To help Ghazia fulfill his ‘duty’ without falling below the poverty line (where 15% of actual German citizens reside), the government has pledged the whopping £320,000 in financial aid. That’s more than 10 times the average German household’s annual income.
This figure has yet to be confirmed by the German government. But given their government’s track record of bowing to refugees, many citizens aren’t too skeptical.
“Of course, the Syrian lives with his 4 women and 22 children from social benefits, wouldn’t you?” reads the English translation of one upset citizen’s tweet.
— Alfred M. Pört ☧ (@POTTRlOT) October 20, 2016
Another citizen wrote, “Nice Friday to you all. My neighbor has 4 women and 23 children,” while another worried that “the Syrian with 4 women and 23 children is now being sold to us as a new normality.”
According to a number of economic experts, Germany’s economy — which was once the strongest in Europe — is currently incredibly unstable. Can we be surprised, when the government is willing to shell out nearly $400,000 for a single non taxpaying refugee family?