In the last 12 years, the Germany has doubled social benefits for foreigners, while reducing aid to German families by a third, reported the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
The figures were released following a parliamentary petition by the conservative Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which demanded that data be made public on the financial assistance that the Hartz IV program has been providing for long-term unemployed since its launch in 2005.
In 2007, Germany paid some $7.3 billion to foreigners, which doubled to $14.135 billion in 2019.
In contrast, welfare payments to German households was cut by some $8.6 billion over the same period, from some $33.6 billion in 2007 to $25 billion in 2019.
“The dramatic increase in Hartz IV expenditures for foreigners shows that the government has completely underestimated the cost and financial burden that immigration places on social programs,” warned AfD parliamentarian René Springer, according to DW.
It should be noted that two years ago it was reported that the German government also transferred some $384 million in child welfare (Kindergeld) to the bank accounts of foreigners.
A total of 214,499 foreign children not residing in Germany were reported to have received the aid in 2017. Springer said at the time, “One could not explain to the German taxpayer why, for example, money is transferred every month for a Bulgarian child living in Bulgaria.”
Former Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble also tried to change the law so that children abroad could start receiving benefits according to their home countries, but the EU Commission rejected the proposal, according to Die Zeit.