Foreign pensioners live in poverty in Germany

Foreign pensioners live in poverty in Germany

The amount of foreigners-pensioners in Germany who live below the poverty line is three times more than the Germans, according to The Local. Across the European Union appeals heard that young people should leave their native countries, where they do not find a job (for example, Spain, Greece), to Germany in search of a better life, but hardly anyone remembers the fate of those who went on this route half a century ago.

More than 40% of foreign retirees in Germany live below the poverty line as opposed to 15.1% of the German population as a whole, said Eric Seils from the Economics and Social Science Institute of the Hans Böckler Foundation. The Local also notes that almost 13% of foreign retirees use the subsidiary contributions, whereas among Germans only 2.1% receive such assistance.

The former guest workers from Italy, Turkey, Spain and the former Yugoslavia, who came in the 1950s to deserted post-World War II Germany, worked mostly in large industrial concerns. They worked on jobs that did not require high skill and were poorly paid. Moreover, in 1960, many of them have lost their jobs due to the stagnation of the German economy.

Despite the fact that modern foreigners who are going to come to Germany, are better educated and more highly skilled, still hundreds of thousands of guest workers are now working on low-paid jobs. None of them are immune to the fate of their predecessors.