40% of elderly German pensioners receive less than $900 per month and that has to cover all their expenses including food and housing. On the other hand, under Germany’s Asylum-Seekers’ Benefits Act, the state must provide free accommodations, food, toiletries, clothes, spending money, and “essential personal needs” such as telephone cards to communicate with family back home.
DW Depending on which of Germany’s 16 states refugees are assigned to, they may also get a monthly allowance in cash. For asylum-seekers living in refugee shelters, single adults receive €135 ($162) a month while married couples receive €129 a month each. Depending on their age, children receive between €76 and €83 a month.