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The end for Merkel? Chancellor’s popularity PLUMMETS as Germany faces £36bn migrant bill

ANGELA Merkel is seeing her popularity PLUMMET as it emerged caring for asylum seekers will cost Germany more than £36billion by the end of 2017.

Housing, food, clothing and integration policies will cost around £16.5bn this year and another £20bn next year, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research said.

The economists made their calculations but warned it could be higher depending on how many more migrants arrive in the coming months.

At least 1.1million immigrants made their way to Germany last year. More than 300,000 of them have since been granted asylum.

Revelations of the staggering welfare bill being laid at the feet of the German taxpayer will heap more pressure on the Chancellor.

Mrs Merkel has seen her popularity ratings plummet since she declared any refugees who made it to her country.

She has refused to set a cap on refugee numbers and has tried to ease voters’ concerns by insisting that most asylum seekers would leave when their homelands stabilised.

In a speech delivered over the weekend she said: “We expect that once peace has returned to Syria, once Islamic State has been defeated in Iraq, that they will return to their countries of origin, armed with the knowledge they acquired with us.”

Mrs Merkel has announced a raft of tough new laws to tighten rules for asylum seekers in Germany in a bid to reduce the influx of refugees.

If they get parliamentary support, the measures will speed up the asylum process and streamline the country’s deportation system for those who have their claims turned down.

Three north African states – Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria – will be put on the list of safe countries meaning their citizens will


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