The refugee influx seemed to have slowed down in mid-January; the fewest people in a long time entered Bavaria on Sunday, January 24. But there is still no trend of a decrease since 63,800 refugees and migrants were newly registered entering the Free State during the past month, on average still over 2,000 a day, which represents a lower figure than in previous months.
Compared to 2015, the number of 64,000 refugees and migrants has been reached by the last third of February. Experts of German authorities expect the number of refugees to begin rising again as soon as Mediterranean Sea calms down in spring, Bild.de reports.
According to a forecast in a study published by the Cologne based Institute of German Economy, costs for lodging, meals, integration measures and language courses are expected to cost Germany some 22 billion EUR in 2016. That cost might rise to 27,6 billion if the number of refugees and migrants climbs to over 2.2 million, it currently looks as if it will.