Welfare-dependent Muslim migrants living in France have complained that the new bank cards given to them by the French government do not permit them to take out cash.
Voice of Europe (h/t Maurice) The ADA card, as it’s called, was put into service on the 5th of November and gives migrant beneficiaries 190 euros a month per single person and up to 660 euros for a family of six, Infomigrants reports.
Because the card doesn’t permit those using it to pull out cash, many of the migrants have complained that they’ve faced increased the difficulties in their lives because most shops have minimum debit purchases.
Dalaise, a 25-year-old Malian migrant living in Naintré has complained that it was cheaper and easier to buy food at local markets with cash. “With this card, we have to go to supermarkets where money goes fast,” Dalaise said.
“I cannot buy a baguette for one euro because the minimum card payment is often five euros,” Bilal, a 25-year-old Afghan asylum seeker living in Rennes, complained.
After facing criticism, the French government announced that a “cashback” device would soon be made available at supermarkets.
The Hungarian government has repeatedly spoken out against providing free cash to migrants via these bank cards, arguing that the cards empower human traffickers and makes Europeans less secure.
Number of accepted mainly Muslim first time asylum applicants in France from 1st quarter 2014 to 1st quarter 2019