The Viennese FPO sounded the alarm in May last year. The proportion of non-Austrians receiving this social benefit increased to 58 percent! To put this in perspective: In 2014 that number was still 40 percent. Even stateless people who do not wish to name their country of origin receive 977.67 euros per month. The latest figures for 2023 show that the situation has become even worse.
60 percent of all people receiving minimum protection are now non-Austrian citizens. 12 percent (80,954 people) of foreigners living in Vienna earn minimum income. Almost double the general population (7 percent).
With 11,429 employed people, there will be 13.5 percent more people in Vienna in 2022 than last year minimum security, “We are seeing an increasing number of people in the social system who have very low incomes or very low unemployment insurance benefits. City councilor for social affairs Peter Hacker (SPO) explained, “The benefits of the AMS are undervalued, wage growth does not keep pace sufficiently with inflation and social systems have to compensate for these undesirable developments.”
About half of all people earning minimum income who are able to work receive benefits from AMS. That’s 31,187 recipients – 28 fewer than last year. According to the report, per capita AMS benefits have declined, which means this group will receive more growth minimum security were required. “Rapidly rising costs are creating hardships for many people, especially those on low incomes. Agnes Burlakovich, head of the social, welfare and health law department of the city of Vienna, stressed, “Much more effort is necessary in all areas to support Viennese in a targeted and customer-friendly way.”