(The Sun) The man named only as Ghazia A fled Syria with his huge family last year and has since settled in Germany.
He doesn’t work and instead lives off the huge benefit bung, according to a financial manager who worked out what the state is liable to fork out.
There is official confirmation of the £320,000 ($358,000 USD) figure.
Under Islamic law a man can marry up to four wives as long as he is able to give them financial support.
However, German law does not recognize polygamous marriages.
But instead of the marriages being ignored, the refugee was given special leeway to choose his “main wife”.
The other three women were then categorised as “friends” in an arrangement a local official described as an “exemption”, German daily Rhein-Zeitung reports.
Gazia, 49, lives with his “main” wife Twasif and their five children in the Rhineland-Palatinate town and visits his other families that live in the surrounding area every few days.
He said he used to run a garage and car hire service in Syria before the country’s descent into civil war, allowing him to provide for his family.