Ukrainian refugees living in Germany have not begun to find jobs more quickly despite the conditions created by the government for their integration into society, Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.
According to the publication, while around 700,000 Ukrainians receive ‘citizens’ benefits’ (Buergergeld), most of them do not have legal jobs in Germany. The report quoted a district administrator in Nordhausen, Thuringia, Matthias Jendricke, who said that the employment situation of Ukrainian refugees may have been worsened by the new law which came into force on June 1 last year allowing them to receive citizenship allowances instead of asylum seeker allowances.
Ukrainian refugees living in Germany now receive citizens’ benefits (€502 a month) instead of asylum seeker allowances (€410), and are entitled to an apartment instead of shared accommodation from the outset. “They have made it too nice for them,” Jendricke said.
Joachim Walter, a district administrator in the Tubingen area of Baden-Wurttemberg, told the magazine that “the willingness of refugees from Ukraine to work has decreased significantly with the switch to citizens’ benefits,” noting that these conditions “do not necessarily encourage people to work.”