How much money do I get?
- In the reception centre
In the reception centre you only get a small amount of money (54 Euro). You get a bed and food in the reception centre. The 54 Euro will be given to you either in cash or on a chip card. Anything you buy will be subtracted from the balance on you chip card. If you cannot pay for things with the chip card, you can complain to the Regierungspräsidium. Ask an advice office to help you.
- in the local accomodation after the reception centre
You get money for food, drinks, clothes, shoes and hygiene items. You also get money from free-time activities, public transport and telephones. A single person gets 354 Euro per month. The exact amount you get changes from year to year. Married couples and families get more. You do not always get all of this money in cash. Sometimes you will get part of the money as benefits in kind (Sachleistung). You think that you are not getting enough money? Ask an advice office.
After 15 months in Germany, you get a bit more money.
If you are working and earning money, you get less money from the Sozialamt.