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Employment conditions for Ukrainian refugees in Germany will be changed: how will this affect payments?

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Employment conditions for Ukrainian refugees in Germany will be changed: how will this affect payments?

Germany has agreed on new conditions for paying unemployment benefits to Ukrainian refugees. Find out how the rules will change and what new requirements will be imposed on recipients of benefits

Legal advice on education and employment abroad for Ukrainians
Legal advice on education and employment abroad for Ukrainians
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Germany has agreed to change the conditions for paying unemployment benefits to Ukrainian refugees. According to Bild am Sonntag, this is provided for in the catalog of measures agreed by the ruling coalition during negotiations on the economic growth initiative.

How the conditions for unemployment benefits in Germany will change and what new rules Ukrainian refugees will face are described in the article below with reference to DW.

Read everything you need to know about employment of Ukrainians in Germany in this article.

How unemployment benefits will be changed in Germany


The Bürgergeld social unemployment benefit in Germany, which Ukrainian refugees receive, is planned to be paid under new conditions in the future. In particular, recipients will have to accept jobs that require a long commute. The catalog of measures approved by the ruling coalition on July 7 stipulates that the travel time to the place of work may be

– up to 3 hours a day if the working day is longer than 6 hours;

– up to 2.5 hours if the working day is less than 6 hours;

– the place of work may be within a radius of 50 km from the place of residence.

It is also planned to abolish taxes and fees for overtime. Employees who increase their working hours while working part-time will be exempt from taxation. The details of the upcoming measures will be clarified during the budget discussion in the Bundestag.

It is worth noting that German politicians are increasingly calling for the deprivation of Ukrainians of Bürgergeld assistance to encourage them to find employment. However, the German government does not plan to cancel this assistance for Ukrainian refugees. Instead, the country will strengthen control measures over illegal employment to prevent abuse of benefits.




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Unemployment benefits in Germany: what is the amount in 2024?


In 2024, the amount of Bürgergeld benefits is as follows:

– single persons/single parents - 563 euros;

– in a married couple for one partner - 506 euros;

– adults in institutions - 451 euros;

– adolescents aged 14-17 - 471 euros;

– children 6-13 years old - 390 euros;

– children under 5 years old - 357 euros.

For example, a family consisting of a mother and two children aged 6 and 14 receives 1424 euros. In addition, the Employment Center provides 750-850 euros per person for rental housing.

We remind you! Ukrainians who have been granted temporary protection in Germany must comply with local tax laws. Read who needs to file a tax return and when, as well as the deadlines for filing to avoid penalties in our previous article.

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