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One More German City May Start Confiscating Refugees' Cash, Valuables

© AP Photo / Armin WeigelRefugees walk to a chartered train at the railway station of Passau, Germany, Jan. 5, 2016
Refugees walk to a chartered train at the railway station of Passau, Germany, Jan. 5, 2016 - Sputnik International
Politicians suggest seizing money from refugees and leaving them an amount of 350 euros. To implement this plan the CDU party proposed to search refugees for cash and valuables upon their arrival to refugee facilities, a measure that has been met with criticism by a number of other German parties.

Syrian refugees and migrants are escorted to be registred by German police officers upon arrival from Austria at the Munich's main train station late September 3, 2015. - Sputnik International
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The party called "to search migrants by their arrival and confiscate valuables and money" in the event that they exceed the amount of 350 euro. In the opinion of its members, refugees should "contribute to the cost of their accommodation" if they have financial resources to do so, German magazine Focus Online reported.

Only after they have spent all their assets can refugees obtain financial aid and social benefits according to the German law, members of the CDU party in Hamburg argued.

Earlier, similar procedures have already been introduced in federal states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. In Baden-Württemberg, refugees are allowed to keep only 350 euro as well as belongings necessary to maintain a modest standard of living, like watches and mobile phones. In Bavaria, asylum seekers are allowed to keep up to 750 euro.

The proposal of the CDU party has been met with criticism among other political factions in Germany. For example, representative of the Green party, Antje Möller, called the new proposal "absurd".

The rule was first introduced by Denmark and Switzerland in December 2015 and caused several protests across Europe.

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