Around seven million working Germans do not earn enough to make ends meet. Overall it is an alarming trend. Rising poverty in spite of lower unemployment.
Massive poverty-driven migration from Eastern Europe? Recent studies suggest a different situation: More than half of all immigrants from these countries have good credentials, but work for low wages in Germany.
The conservative Christian Social Union has ignited yet another debate about "poverty immigration" into Germany. The integration commissioner for the government, which includes the CSU, has condemned its proposals.
Two thirds of Germans are willing to pay more taxes to support children in poverty, according to a recent survey. Some 2.8 million children and adolescents are affected by poverty across the country.
German Chancellor Merkel's government has formed a new committee to look into concerns about migrants abusing social benefits in Germany. A heated debate about immigrants from eastern Europe prompted the decision.
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