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Re: Swiss mull tough benefit cuts for asylum seekers

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So, do people come with some amount of their own money?
Asylum seekers are just that - they seek asylum as they feel threatened at home for various reasons - war or persecution from authoritatrian governments for things that are covered through the human rights... Given the countries most people come from can one expect that they on averag do not have a lot of own money to bring. (But obviously could a millionaire be asking for political asylum as well... )
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I suppose maybe they are also given a ticket for public transport as well as housing?
No. And they are not able to afford to pay for it with the 5 CHF they get... Which is why they are often caught taking the tram illegally without ticket - which in turn then produces those statistics of the many criminal asylum seekers. (I fully understand that there is no human right for public transport and can equally understand that ZVV is not a charity... but I cannot understand that the Swiss prefer to hire cops to chase the fare dodgers instead of finding a solution to get them tickets...)

I do not think refugees need to get paid at all - if they have access to everything they need to have a life in dignity while waiting for the asylum approval. The pocket money is an easy way to reduce bureaucracy - in that way does nobody need to source a tootbrush or the like for them. I think 5 CHF a day for personal things is already on the very low side - I really do not see how the Swiss can cut it without giving out supplies then in a material form... which will for sure not lower the costs giving the salaries even the lower level employees who surely would have to oversee the process might cost - otherwise some criminal refugee could nick a second tootbrush and sell it on...
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