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Oliver Stettes Expertise 14. May 2010 Working poor in Europe
Working poor in Europe
Oliver Stettes Expertise 14. May 2010

Working poor in Europe

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The expansion of low wages has sparked a debate about the working poor in Germany. However, unemployment remains the most significant reason for becoming or remaining poor. (Re)integration of unemployed people into the labour market has therefore been the policy priority. Since reforms in 2005, more employed people have received supplementary welfare benefits and some people starting work may still receive the lower level of unemployment benefit.

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