Criticism of the Citizens’ Allowance grows forward of the Interior Ministers’ Conference | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Status: 16.06.2024 14:13

Shortly earlier than the Interior Ministers' Conference, its chairman, Brandenburg's Interior Minister Stübgen, units a subject for dialogue: Should refugees from Ukraine proceed to obtain citizen's allowance straight – particularly if they’re topic to navy service of their residence nation?

Unlike refugees from different international locations, Ukrainians in Germany obtain citizen's allowance as an alternative of asylum seeker advantages. This resolution is more and more being questioned. Shortly earlier than the subsequent convention of federal and state inside ministers, its chairman, Brandenburg's Interior Minister Michael Stübgen, has additionally known as for a rethink, particularly within the case of Ukrainian refugees of navy age.

“It doesn't make sense to talk about supporting Ukraine as best as possible and, in the same breath, to support deserting Ukrainians,” the CDU politician instructed the newspapers of the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND).

Stübgen described the fee of citizen's allowance for Ukrainian refugees as typically flawed: “Regardless of this, the decision to immediately pay citizens' allowance to refugees from Ukraine has proven to be a fundamental mistake. The employment rate of Ukrainians is vanishingly low, “as a result of residents' allowance has grow to be a brake on folks taking over work.” He known as on the federal authorities to think about altering course.

criticism of Unequal therapy

The parliamentary supervisor of the Union faction within the Bundestag, Thorsten Frei, can be calling for an finish to the present citizen's allowance funds to Ukrainian refugees. “The citizen's allowance payments to war refugees set completely the wrong incentives,” the CDU politician instructed the newspapers of the Funke media group. While the whole lot is at stake for Kiev within the face of the brutal Russian assault, many able-bodied Ukrainians on this nation are ducking away. It is well-known that the nation wants not solely weapons, but additionally troopers.

Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) introduced that he want to converse in regards to the concern on the Interior Ministers' Conference. It is happening from Wednesday to Friday in Potsdam. He expressed himself in an identical technique to Chairman Stübgen. “Several tens of thousands of men who are subject to conscription in Ukraine receive citizen's allowance here in Germany,” Herrmann instructed the RND. “This will not be easy to explain to the German population for much longer.” This is all of the extra true because the reintroduction of conscription is being mentioned in Germany itself.

According to the RND, round 256,000 male Ukrainians between the ages of 18 and 60 have been residing in Germany within the meantime. Most lately, the quantity was slightly below 210,000.

Previously, the German District Council had additionally known as for an finish to the speedy receipt of citizen's allowance for brand spanking new Ukrainian refugees. The rapid citizen's allowance would end in unequal therapy in comparison with different teams of refugees. The Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act would additionally make it simpler to accommodate folks.

CSU-Secretary General requires abolition

Meanwhile, common criticism of the citizen's allowance continues unabated. CSU General Secretary Martin Huber instructed the information company dpa: “The citizen's allowance does not need any minor reforms, it must be abolished completely. Instead, the tried and tested social assistance should be reintroduced.”

The SPD is mendacity to itself with the “fairy tale of job placement through citizen's income,” mentioned Huber. Studies have proven that citizen's revenue prevents folks from taking over work. According to him, citizen's revenue additionally contributed to the poor efficiency of the visitors mild coalition within the European elections. “The traffic light coalition would not only be doing the economy and the working population a big favor by abolishing it, but also itself,” continued Huber.

Report on concerns within the SPD

The SPD seemed to be prepared to compromise in some areas. On Saturday, the Bild newspaper reported on a plan by the SPD to chop the citizen's allowance in circumstances of simultaneous unlawful work. “It is only fair to impose stricter sanctions on illegal work and welfare fraud,” defined Dagmar Schmidt, deputy chief of the SPD parliamentary group. In precept, Schmidt emphasised that the citizen's allowance is “based on finding permanent work – it strengthens qualifications and further training.” This can be a response to the scarcity of expert employees.

FDP General Secretary Bijan Djir-Sarai agreed to more durable sanctions. He instructed the Tagesspiegel newspaper: “Anyone who receives a citizen's allowance and works illegally at the same time must be severely sanctioned.”

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner sees issues equally. “In view of practical experience, the expectations of the citizen's allowance have not all been fulfilled,” the FDP politician instructed the Rheinische Post on Saturday. “That is why I am convinced that further work is needed.” Some folks “seem to have misunderstood the citizen's allowance as a form of unconditional basic income,” Lindner continued. However, that’s not what was meant. He is grateful that the coalition companions SPD and the Greens are “willing to talk” in regards to the concern.