British Expatriates Claiming Money From German Government
The following piece of news will do the latter. British expatriates in Germany have been found claiming almost £23,000 each, in unemployment payments. When these payments are scaled up for the number of Brits, it makes for a big chunk of change.
Usually people go to other countries to seek employment, but this just really puts the cat amongst the pigeons. There are currently 10,000 British expatriates in Germany, and out of that number 90% who are able to work are claiming benefits. In comparison, the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed that there are just under 2,000 Germans claiming the jobseekers allowance in the UK.
German unemployment centres ask less questions
The Sunday Times had interviewed British expatriates in Germany who were receiving these payments. Through which it was revealed that these Brits enjoyed German unemployment centres, since they did not question them in too much depth. In England most people get frustrated that some of those entering into the UK do not speak English, and most of these Brits in Germany admitted that they did not speak German.
It is fair to say that not everyone had travelled to Germany under the pretence of claiming money. Many had lost their jobs as they travelled over, and now these individuals enjoy the fact that they do not need to deal with the UK job centres. Which work very hard to get everyone back into employment.
What is apparent from the information revealed in the interviews is that the cost of living in Germany is much less. Therefore, the benefits that these Britons are receiving are worth that much more. However, it does not seem like this is a problem that has spread around Europe. In a study completed by the European Commission, it was found that citizens from other European countries are using welfare benefits no differently than the country’s own people.