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Social Assistance in Germany


  • Willem Adema
  • Donald Gray
  • Sigrun Kahl


This paper follows the framework developed in past OECD studies for analysis of social assistance programmes that aim to provide low-income clients with adequate financial support while simultaneously promoting their reintegration into labour market and, where necessary, mainstream society. Increasingly, jobless citizens in Germany rely on social assistance: a role for which the programme was never intended. Indeed, there are two other programmes that serve the unemployed in Germany, and this paper discusses social assistance in the context of its relationship to Unemployment Insurance and Assistance benefits. First, this study provides a concise overview of Germany’s public social system, and discusses federal relations inasmuch they have a bearing on the delivery of public assistance benefits. The study discusses the nature of benefits available to social assistance clients in general, and related support measures for particular client-groups, for example, lone parent families ... Ce document s’intègre dans le cadre développé dans les dernières études de l’OCDE d’analyses des programmes d’assistance sociale mis en place afin de fournir aux bas revenus une aide financière adéquate tout en s’appliquant à promouvoir leur intégration sur le marché de l’emploi et, quand c’est nécessaire, leur intégration sociale. De plus en plus, les citoyens sans emploi allemands ont recours à l’aide sociale : rôle pour lequel aucun programme n’a jamais été mis en place. Ainsi, il y a deux autres programmes prévus pour le chômage en Allemagne et ce document débat de l’assistance sociale dans le contexte de sa relation avec l’assurance chômage et les prestations sociales. D’abord, cette étude fournit une vue concise du système public social en Allemagne et débat de ses relations avec les autorités fédérales dans la mesure où celles ci ont un rôle à jouer dans l’octroi de prestations. L’étude discute de la nature des prestations disponibles pour l’assistance sociale des ...

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  • Willem Adema & Donald Gray & Sigrun Kahl, 2003. "Social Assistance in Germany," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 58, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:58-en

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