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Germany: over 650,000 foreign children live on Hartz IV

Berlin - The proportion of foreign children who are dependent on social welfare (known as Hartz IV) in Germany almost doubled between 2015 and 2019. Their number rose in the period from 346,872 to 652,678, as can be seen from the response of the Ministry of Social Affairs to a request from the AfD member of the Bundestag René Springer, reports Junge Freiheit. This corresponds to an increase of 88 percent.

The increase in children from the main countries of origin of asylum seekers is particularly strong. It grew from 76,413 in 2015 to 391,540 in 2019. Last year, foreign children received 1.85 billion euros in basic security benefits, which corresponds to 44.6 percent of total expenditure. Six years ago, the costs for this group were € 0.78 billion.

Springer commented on the development with regard to the immigration policy: “Decades of societal efforts to combat child poverty are being completely destroyed by the policy of uncontrolled immigration. Such a policy leads to an exacerbation of social conflict situations and to considerable additional burdens for taxpayers. Germany cannot afford that in the long run."

More than half of Hartz IV recipients have a migration background
In October last year, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg ruled that EU citizens looking for work in Germany are entitled to social benefits if their children go to school there.

In mid-2019, 47.2 percent of all recipients of social benefits in Germany had a migration background. Among Hartz IV recipients, their share was 52.7 percent, and among those receiving unemployment benefit, it was 36.7 percent.

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