"A SYRIAN refugee with four wives and 23 children has sparked outrage after it was claimed he was receiving a staggering £320,000 a year in benefits.
The migrant, known only as Ghazia A, fled Syria last year along with his family.
He has since resettled in Germany with his four wives and 22 of his children. One of his daughters has since moved to Saudi Arabia where she has married.
Under Islamic tradition, the 49-year-old can have up to four wives – as long as he can support them financially.
But a local official in the town of Montabaur described the situation as an “exemption”.
Ghazia A now lives with his “main” wife Twasif and their five children in Montabaur, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate – while the other three wives and children have been moved into neighbouring communities up to 31 miles away.
He expressed an interest in working again but noted his commitments to his family made this difficult.
He told German newspaper Bild: "In our religion it is my duty to visit every family and to be with them.”
One of Ghazia’s neighbours, Sergei Jaufmann, said: "The children play football in the street. The mother I often see, when it comes from shopping."
Social media users vented their frustrations, with one claiming “the Syrian with 4 women and 23 children is now being sold to us as a new normality”."