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Almost doubled: Hartz IV expenditure for foreign recipients increased – domestic politics

New figures on unemployment benefit Hartz IV!

As the Osnabrücker Zeitung reports, the payment claims have become more foreign
Hartz IV recipients almost doubled since 2007. This comes from a response from the Federal Ministry of Labor to an AfD request.

Payment entitlements rose to a total of 12.9 billion euros in 2018. In the period from September 2018 to August 2019, they amounted to EUR 12.6 billion.

For comparison: in 2007, the claims of foreign Hartz IV recipients were just under 6.6 billion euros. So far, the plus has been around six billion euros.

Because the number of German Hartz IV recipients fell sharply in the same period, the payment claims of beneficiaries fell overall by 1.67 billion euros to 34.9 billion euros (September 2018 to August 2019). The amount of Hartz IV payment claims by German households fell from just under 30 billion in 2007 to 22.1 billion euros, which is 7.9 billion euros less, according to the response from the Ministry of Labor.

In the group of foreign Hartz IV recipients, citizens from other EU countries had claims of around 2.4 billion euros from September 2018 to August 2019. A good 6.1 billion euros went to people from the eight most important countries of asylum.

Refugees from Syria accounted for more than half of this (just under EUR 3.6 billion), followed by Iraqis (EUR 840 million) and Afghans (EUR 810 million).

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