A Good Life on Subsidys

SWEDEN. Many so-called refugees come here for the welfare system. The UN has said that only 3% of those who came to Italy were real refugees. So how much money can you get in Sweden? 

MoneyA household with two adults without a job have 12 730 kronor ($1 416) in available income after taxes – from economic support. If one of them get a job and make 20 000 kronor ($2 225) every month their available income will be 15 750 kronor ($1 752).

A household with two adults and one child without a job have 16 190 kronor ($1 801) in available income after taxes, from economic support. If one of them get a job and make 20 000 kronor ($2 225) every month their available income will be 16 700 kronor ($1 858).

A household with two adults and four children without a job have 30 240 kronor ($3 364) in available income after taxes, from economic support. If one of them get a job and make 20 000 kronor ($2 225) every month their available income will be 30 230 kronor ($3 363). Every third family with four children get their main income from subsidys and it’s 110% more common among newcomers than Swedes to have four children.

ManWorkThis means there’s not really an incentive to get a job, since you can have a good live by being unemployed. And out of those born outside Sweden 20,7% are unemployed compared with 7,2% of Swedes. It takes about 9 years for a refugee to get a job. But there is of course more reasons for that than taking advantage of the system (like not knowing how to read!).

The numbers on welfare are based on a report by The Expert Group on Public Economics (ESO), 2018:2, that focused on newcomers.

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