The number of former beneficiaries of basic security is increasing significantly. However, the increase is mainly due to Ukrainian refugees.

A retiree pours the contents of her purse onto the kitchen table.

More and more pensioners receive basic security Photo: Felix Kästle/dpa

WIESBADEN epd | The number of basic security beneficiaries increased by 1.9 percent at the end of 2023 compared to the previous year. As the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden announced on Wednesday, there was an increase of 22,000 cases, to more than 1.2 million people.

According to the information, the increase is mainly due to refugees from Ukraine who have been entitled to basic security since June 1, 2022 and are not covered by the Law on Asylum Seekers' Benefits. Their number increased by almost 19 percent, from 73,060 in December 2022 to 86,775 in December 2023.

Adults who are permanently unable to work or who have reached the age limit according to Section 41(2) (SGB XII) and cannot earn a living from their own income and property are entitled to benefits.

Nearly 690,000 (56.9 percent) of those assisted received basic security in old age. This corresponds to an increase of 4.7 percent compared to the same month last year. Around 520,000 (43.1 percent) received total and permanent disability benefit. Their number fell 1.6 percent compared to the same month last year.

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