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Refugees Swell Public Assistance Rolls

Flüchtlinge warten am 19.11.2015 in der Registrierungsstelle für Flüchtlinge in Berlin. In dem Haus in der Bundesallee im Stadtbezirk Wilmersdorf sitzen von der Erstregistrierung über den Antrag auf Asyl beim Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) bis zur Ausländerbehörde und der Bundesagentur für Arbeit alle so genannten Entscheider unter einem Dach. Foto: Soeren Stache/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Refugees in Berlin wait to register as asylum seekers
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Germany’s federal and state governments are struggling to allocate enough resources to deal with the influx of refugees and migrants.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The number of social welfare recipients has declined overall by 1.2 percent over the past year.
    • A quarter of all social welfare recipients are now migrants or refugees.
    • The number of Syrians receiving benefits nearly doubled to 242,000 over the past year and the number of Eritreans has tripled to 16,800.
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The overall number of social welfare recipients in Germany has declined by 71,000 or 1.2 percent over the past year, according to the latest figures released by the Federal Employment Agency.

But one out of every four recipients of public assistance, known as Hartz IV in Germany, is now a migrant or refugee. Of the 5.9 million people receiving benefits as of April, some 1.5 million or 26 percent were refugees and migrants.

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