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Germany loses 430 million euros in child benefit abroad

BERLIN. German authorities transferred almost 430 million euros in child benefit abroad in 2020, which is more than in 2019. Last year, 427.4 million euros flowed into foreign accounts, while in 2019 it was around 398 million euros, the Federal Ministry of Finance said in response to a request from the AfD.

Five years ago the total was 261 million euros, in the following years it fluctuated. Recipients can also receive child benefit for their offspring abroad if their parents or other custodians live or work in Germany. This is regulated by EU laws or agreements with individual non-European states such as Morocco, Turkey or Serbia.

According to the Federal Ministry of Finance, the German authorities paid social benefits for 330,063 children abroad in December 2020. The number has increased by more than 100 percent in recent years. In 2019, child benefit was paid for around 310,000 adolescents with a place of residence outside Germany, according to a request from Junge Freiheit to the Federal Employment Agency. About 34,000 of them were German citizens.

EU Commission sues against Austria regulation
The social policy spokesman for the AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, René Springer, warned that in some Eastern European countries the German support for two children corresponds to one month's wages. "This creates incentives for immigration into our social systems, which are further strengthened with the increase in child benefit. In order to prevent this, we as the AfD parliamentary group are calling on the federal government to reduce child benefit on the local cost of living."

Such a legislative package came into force in Austria in 2019. For example, Hungarians, Romanians or Poles who have lived there since then have received fewer allowances if their children live in their home countries. However, the EU Commission took legal action against the regulation in May 2020 and sued Austria before the European Court of Justice. The laws are discriminatory and therefore violate EU law.

Source: Junge Freiheit
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