Focus went out and did some research which might surprise both the government, and residents of the country.
Prior to 2013, there was a general expectation of around 250,000 people a year coming into Germany and requiring some immigration center/compound for a short period of time....usually three to four months.
From the end of 2013 to the middle of 2016, there's another level of expectation....more or less....a million a year. All of this expectation was dumped from the federal government upon the state and city governments. If you were looking for a comprehensive or logical plan....there was none.
Once the EU rigged up their deal with Turkey to halt the smuggler route into Greece....it's an odd thing....suddenly the arrivals dropped (almost overnight).
In roughly one year....the camps and refugee centers cleared out the crowd, and now? Well....there's this problem....a lot of facilities sit there empty but still operated in some capacity by the states and cities. Millions of Euro wasted.
Focus says that in at least 12 of the 16 states....one initial reception station is empty and just in stand-by mode. Those states (Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg , Hesse, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia).
Focus even gave a great example within Schleswig-Holstein, where two facilities sit (adding up to 2,500 bunks), and a monthly cost of 692k Euro is spent to keep them in this operational but unused phase.
I would strongly recommend the article because it does put a huge cost factor out there....for zero use.
The blame? Generally, you have to go back to Berlin and ask the leadership what the real game-plan was in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. I think most would just grin and admit that there never was a true plan....just letting things unfold and pretending that no one was in charge.
The continued cost? Well, this gets to being interesting. If you use just one single state....Schleswig-Holstein, for example.....you can figure that they are spending around around fifteen million Euro a year on the two facilities that are unused. You would think....maybe by 2019....that someone would wise up and realize that the 45-million Euro spent through three years....could have been more wisely spent. But my other hunch is that they locked themselves into various deal where fees are also built into this....probably costing them another five to ten million in extra fees to get out of the deals.
You can go and blame a lot of different folks for this cost, but then what?