Refugees wait to register on January 16, 2016 in Passau, southern Germany. / AFP / dpa / Armin Weigel
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Germany needs to raise spending on police, education and daycare by at least 5 billion euros ($5.45 billion) to successfully integrate a record number of asylum seekers and avoid social tensions, its deputy government leader said Monday.Speaking after a meeting of senior Social Democrats (SPD), the coalition partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Berlin must avoid social strife in light of the rising numbers of mainly Muslim refugees.Gabriel warned that politicians should be careful that citizens do not get the impression they have been left alone with the burden of integrating refugees.Last year, Germany achieved a budget surplus of 12.1 billion euros and the larger-than-expected windfall will be used to pay for accommodating and integrating refugees.
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