The German Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that current levels of benefits for asylum seekers in Germany are inhumane, according to Spiegel Online International. Are benefit levels in Finland, which amount to 290 euros/month, inhumane?
For an asylum seeker in Finland who stays at a refugee center, the monthly allowance (lowered from about 400 euros in 2010) is supposed to cover all of the person’s expenses except for rent and some travel expenses.
If the asylum seeker moves to another address from the refugee center, 50 euros are discounted from his or her monthly allowance. The monthly allowance will then total 240 euros, or close to what is paid (224 euros/month) to asylum seekers in Germany.
“The sleeping quarters at the refugee center can have between eight and two people,” a former asylum seeker told Migrant Tales. “All cellphone, food and clothing expenses must be paid from the monthly allowance. If the person has to travel to visit the police, those expenses are paid by the state.”
macaronies, tuna fish flakes, onion and oil will quench your hunger for about a euro.
Is living off 30 euros/month, or about 1 euro/day for food expenses, sufficient proof that current allowance levels are sufficient in Finland?
How can anyone spend 30 euros a month for groceries when we spend such an amount daily?
Here’s how it works:
- macaronies 0.22 euros/400 grams
- Can of tuna fish flakes 0.80 euros/150 grams
- Onions 0.99 eruos/kilo
“Extras” include vegetable oil (2.50 euros/liter), milk (about 1 euro/liter), and flour (1 euro/kilo), 10 eggs (about 1.80 euros) to make pancakes.
While inadequate monthly allowances may encourage you to eat unhealthy foods that can have long-run health consequences, other problems emerge as well. Would you shoplift if you were hungry and without money?
It is unfortunate that Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen and the government have turned a blind eye to the plight of asylum seekers and immigrants in Finland when it comes to their monthly allowances. This unfortunate trend began in the previous government, when Astrid Thors was minister for immigration and European affairs.