Southern German states confiscate refugee valuables

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Refugees walk to a special train to Duesseldorf at the train station in Passau, Germany, 16 January 2016. The train will tranport these migrants to live in federal state North Rhine-Westphalia. Destinations change daily to distribute refugees all over Germany.

Besides Denmark and Switzerland, some German states confiscate refugee’s valuables worth over €350. The states justify their action on German federal laws.


The confiscation of refugee’s valuables is also happening in Germany, according to a report by German tabloid, Bild.

According to Bild, Southern German States require from asylum seekers to hand over their valuables before receiving any state aid. The Local Germany which cited the Bild article said that authorities in the Bavarian State confiscate valuables worth over €750 but authorities in Baden-Württemberg have a tougher regime, where police confiscate cash and valuables above €350.

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