Outrage is building in Germany after it was revealed that a Syrian refugee is claiming social benefits for his FOUR wives and 22 children.
Ghazia A. – whose full name has not been disclosed – fled Syria in 2015 and headed to Germany via Turkey, accompanied by his four wives and 23 children – but one of the daughters has now married and is currently living in Saudi Arabia.
According to Muslim tradition, a man is allowed to have up to four wives as long as he can support them financially.
Germany does not officially recognize polygamy but is footing the bill for his clan nonetheless.
Ghazia had to choose one of the women as an ‘official’ wife in order for him and the rest of the family to claim social benefits.
He opted for his ‘main’ wife Twasif and five children, while the other three women have been officially labelled his ‘partners’ by authorities.
He lives in Montabaur – hometown of kamikaze Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz who achieved infamy last year after seizing the controls of a jetliner he was co-piloting to crash it into the French Alps, killing himself and another 148 people on board.
His other three wives had to split their children between them and were moved into various neighboring communities.
A neighbor of Ghazia told Bild that he is often absent from his ‘main’ family while visiting other wives and children.
‘According to our religion I have the duty to visit each family equally and not to prioritize any of them,’ Ghazia A. told Bild.
The story has caused a storm on social media. ‘Of course, the #Syrian (49) lives with his 4 women & 22 children from #Social benefits, from what else?!’ one person noted in a tweet.
A German financial manager released his calculation of what the German state is paying to the entire family annually. On the website of the Employers’ Association he estimated that the refugees are getting roughly 360,000 Euro per year.
But there is no official confirmation on what they receive.
‘I am practically always on my way to be with my family – yet I would gladly like to work,’ added Ghazia A.
Back in his home country he used to earn money with his car sharing and car service business which covered raising his extended clan.
Some people believe the case reflects the ‘new reality’ in Germany since it opened its doors to over a million people.
‘The new reality in the big canton – nice Friday to you all. My neighbour has 4 women and 23 children,’ one message said.
Another one claimed that the ‘the Syrian with 4 women and 23 children is now being sold to us as a new normality.’
According to Guido Göbel, a local official in Montabaur, covering the financial expenses for the Syrian family is not easy. However, he said that the case is an ‘exemption.’