The federal government had "unfortunately significantly reduced the funds for integration in the past year," said Pistorius to the news portal T-Online. "That has to be corrected."
The municipalities are under a lot of pressure, and the federal states cannot do it alone. Integration costs money, but failed integration costs even more money. The Interior Minister of Lower Saxony currently sees two problems when dealing with refugees in Germany: “Five years ago, many believed that it could take a year or two before someone was integrated. But integration takes time and it costs money, ”said Pistorius. There are still problems returning those migrants who have no residence status and therefore no prospects in Germany, said Pistorius. It becomes particularly complicated when papers are missing or the countries of origin do not want to accept people.