State benefits for Ukrainian refugees in the future for all asylum seekers?
After achieving rapid parity between Ukrainian refugees and local unemployed, the German Federation of Trade Unions and the Evangelical Church are demanding the same for other asylum seekers. The Greens are open to it, and the CDU and the AfD reject the request.
nAfter the decision to put refugees from Ukraine on an equal footing with local unemployed from June, calls are growing for a general abolition of special conditions for those seeking protection. They only get their normal Hartz IV rate after their asylum application has been approved, or if denied, usually after 18 months.
The head of the German Confederation of Trade Unions, Yasmine Fahimi (Social Democratic Party) called on Sunday for a reorientation of German refugee policy towards regulations for refugees from Ukraine. “I’m thinking of a quick right to basic security, but above all direct access to training and the job market,” she told Funke newspaper. And: “I don’t really understand why we continue to maintain the system of differentiation between basic security and asylum seeker benefits.”
“Our goal should be equal treatment of all refugees, on the same level as the treatment of refugees from Ukraine,” Annette Korshus, chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) demanded recently. Pro Asyl also commented accordingly. and similar organisations.
“Highest social benefits for refugees in Europe”
Already in April, Green Party human rights politician Louise Amtsberg had demanded that the Traffic Lights Coalition should ensure “unequal treatment does not continue”. “Unlike refugees from other countries, those who seek protection from Ukraine have more opportunities in Germany. Unfortunately, this is the result of years of faulty policies,” she told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
“Anyone talking about unequal treatment here is simply ignoring the facts. All recognized refugees receive benefits under Book Two of the Social Code and are allowed to work,” Alexander Thromm, the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group’s domestic policy spokesman, told WELT. Asylum seekers who are still in the asylum procedure “or do not have a claim to protection receive fewer benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act. Even then, Germany still enjoys the highest social benefits for refugees in Europe.”
The leader of the AfD parliamentary group, Alice Fidel, said: “It is good and right that we help women and children fleeing the war in Ukraine quickly and unbureaucratically. However, the AfD parliamentary group considers that the transfer of refugees from Ukraine To basic security is wrong. This is the purpose of the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act. “Therefore the AfD strongly rejects “now the transfer of all other refugees to basic security measures, thus extending the applications of all asylum seekers in Germany.”
Local FDP politician Manuel Hofferlin responded to WELT that the coalition wanted a fresh start in immigration and integration policy that would do justice to the modern immigration nation. To this end, Traffic Light Partners strive for a coherent immigration law. This should provide quick and easy solutions for those seeking protection.”
In the case of Ukrainians, there is a blanket classification as war refugees, and from June 1 they will receive the same social benefits as other persons entitled to protection and local people in need. Currently, it is €449 per person, and these benefits under Social Security Act II (Hartz-IV) are €82 more than benefits for asylum seekers received by those seeking protection during their asylum procedure. Rejected asylum seekers also receive lower benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, but are usually treated on an equal footing with refugees and local residents after 18 months in the country if they receive a tolerance – which is usually the case.
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