The majority of immigrants live off their own income

The argument that migrants come to Germany primarily to take advantage of the attractive Social security system is very widespread among immigration critics. They assume that immigrants who are living in Germany depend mostly on the state to support themselves. This argument is not supported by the statistics, however. In fact, in 2016, the majority of people who had experienced migration themselves earned their living by working (49 percent). Unemployment benefit formed the main source of income for only around 9 percent of the households. This means that migrants’ sources of income do not substantially differ from total population. 45 percent of these earn their living by working and around 4 percent are supported by unemployment benefit.