Payment card for refugees is obtainable nationwide | EUROtoday

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EAccording to Hesse's Prime Minister Boris Rhein (CDU), a cost card for the cost of state advantages for asylum seekers can be launched nationwide. Rhein introduced this as chairman of the Prime Minister's Conference on Wednesday in Wiesbaden. Bavaria and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are due to this fact going their very own manner within the procurement course of for the introduction of a cost card. The 14 different federal states have agreed on a standard process and the award is predicted to happen in the summertime.

The prime ministers of the federal states and Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) agreed in November 2023 that asylum seekers in Germany ought to obtain no less than a part of their advantages as credit score on a cost card sooner or later. The use of such cost playing cards is meant to deprive these looking for safety of the chance to switch cash from authorities help in Germany to family and associates of their nation of origin.

“In the future, those entitled to benefits should receive part of the benefits as credit on a card instead of a cash payment. Each country decides for itself the amount of the cash amount and other additional functions,” Rhein continued. The cost card can mainly be utilized in all industries, however not overseas. Card-to-card transfers and different transfers at house and overseas are additionally not deliberate. “With a payment card, cash payments to asylum seekers are largely unnecessary,” mentioned the co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Conference, Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD).

Rhein sees this as an vital step to cut back incentives for unlawful migration to Germany. “By introducing the payment card, we are reducing the administrative burden on municipalities, preventing the possibility of transferring money from state support to the countries of origin and thereby combating inhumane smuggling crime,” he defined.