Court ruling may lead to new social benefits totalling €218 million for refugees

Germany, already one of the most desired countries for refuges may face a tough challenge in financing additional social benefits for people seeking for asylum. The Constitutional Court ruled that the benefits refugees are entitled now are far too low, forcing the German government to draft a new law with significantly higher payments to be financed by the taxpayer.

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Germany, already one of the most desired countries for refugees may face a tough challenge in financing additional social benefits for people seeking for asylum. The Constitutional Court ruled that the benefits refuges are entitled now are far too low, forcing the German government to draft a new law with significantly higher payments to be financed by the taxpayer.

Since 1993 the social benefits for both refugees and asylum seekers had not been changed in Germany.

Until now refugees and asylum seekers only received €225 per month. This is almost 47 per cent lower than what people with social benefits (“Hartz IV” ) receive. They are paid €364 per month as direct imbursments from the state authorities.

Vice- President of the court Ferdinand Kirchhof stated after the rendition that clearly an error had been done in the past and it was necessary to make adjustments.

Further the Constitutional court clearly stated that for refugees and asylum seekers the same arrangements must fit the standards like German native people with social benefits. Also the sentence emphasized that a complete revision of the existing law is essential. Germany has approximately 130,000 refugees and asylum seekers. A temporary arrangement has been introduced. It states every refugee and asylum seeker receives now €336, of these €130 are given out in cash to everyone to cover their basic needs. Before only €40 were handed out in cash.

Through setting refugees and asylum seekers closer to the scale of people with social benefits it will cost Germany probably around 218 extra Million Euros per year. This will already commence with the temporary arrangements.

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