The increase in the number of immigrants to Germany has also led to an increase in the number of foreign Hartz-IV [long-term welfare] recipients. According to a report in the Bild newspaper, 26% of Hartz-IV recipients were from abroad.
On average, 7.7% of Germans are dependent on Hartz IV, with foreigners it is 18%, the newspaper reported based on figures from the Federal Agency for Work [Bundesagentur für Arbeit] (BA).
At the end of April a total of 1.54 million foreigners received Hartz IV benefits. This is 170,000 or or 12.4% more than the previous year. By contrast, the number of German Hartz recipients fell by almost 240,000 or 5.2% to 4.36 million.
According to the report, most of the foreign recipients came from Turkey, at 295,000. Syrians followed with 242,000 and Poland with 92,000.
Compared to the previous year, the number of Hartz IV recipients grew most strongly among people from Eritrea (229.4%) and Syria (195.1%).Source