Because their asylum procedure lasted more than 15 months, a refugee family now receives 7,300 euros a month.
Details of the ten-member refugee family were probably leaked from an immigration office in the district of Leipzig. After the copy of the decision of the German immigration office emerged on the internet it caused a stir.
Berlin Member of Parliament Kai Wegner said: “It’s scandalous that our social assistance is giving some refugee families an income that normal earners can only dream of… Laws need to be adapted as quickly as possible.”
According to newspaper Bild am Sonntag, more than two years after the start of the refugee crisis, 57.693 asylum procedures are still open and every fourth procedure is pending for more than 15 months. Those asylum seekers who wait so long for a decision, receive both asylum seeker benefits and social assistance money.