More and more EU citizens working in Germany are receiving child benefit payments, even if their children aren't currently living in Germany, according to government figures reported by news agency dpa on Thursday.
The figures are up over 10 percent from the end of 2017, which saw 243,234 benefit recipients living abroad.
Per month, the costs of payments for children living abroad amounts to €50 million ($60 million), per year the government pays over €600 million.
EU law currently dictates that child allowance benefits are taken over by the country where an EU citizen is currently residing or working, regardless of their nationality.
Last year, then-Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble introduced a draft law that would adjust the amount of child benefit payments to the amount received in a person's home country.