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Germany: 54.2 percent people integrated into the labor market receive social benefits

BERLIN. More than one in two Hartz IV recipients who have been integrated into the labor market continues to rely on social benefits. 54.2 percent of the almost one million affected in the past year had no so-called needs-based integration, as the AfD member of the Bundestag René Springer shows from data from the Federal Employment Agency that is available to Junge Freiheit.

A need-based integration exists if recipients of social benefits no longer have to receive Hartz IV or social benefits three months after starting work. At 60 percent, the number of foreigners who continue to improve their income through state aid was higher than that of Germans (50.2 percent). The values ​​have remained constant in recent years.

"Surrender to one's own labor market reforms"
According to the evaluation, families with children in particular continued to rely on social assistance even after starting work or returning to work. In 2019, less than a third (32.6 percent) of these were integrated as needed. Berlin had the lowest rate in the federal states (39.1 percent), followed by Saarland (41.7 percent) and Hesse (43.9 percent). The best integration into the labor market was achieved in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Only there and in Bavaria did the majority of former Hartz IV recipients manage without social benefits.

Springer, who is the AfD Group's social policy spokesman in the Bundestag, sees the numbers as a negative result of the Hartz IV reforms. The SPD had ended the need for help with Hartz-IV and wanted to get people into work. "In fact, however, more than every second Hartz IV recipient ends up in the social system shortly after the job placement," Springer told the JF. "The fact that Social Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has known and allowed this problem to go for years must be understood as a surrender to one's own labor market reforms."

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