(Deutsche Welle) German companies that run asylum seekers’ homes are making bumper profits, but continue to be dogged by nagging scandals. But that doesn’t mean the state has a better alternative.

Even though Germany duly recorded yet another budget surplus this week, many local authorities are struggling to stretch their resources to cover the influx of refugees. So it’s not surprising that most are giving in to the temptation to outsource any service they can.

Now plenty of companies are doing excellent business from Germany’s influx of refugees. Berlin’s government had to field massive criticism last week when it emerged that it had offered a 238,000-euro ($262,000) contract to the US consultancy McKinsey to advise them on the migrant situation.

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