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Social Safety Net
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[German Version]

In Germany, anyone who is unemployed, disabled, sick, or care-dependent is supported by a system of various transfer payments. Until 2004 social welfare provided a basic level of security for all the needy, both the disabled and those able to work. The long-term unemployed came under unemployment assistance. Social welfare and unemployment assistance were changed by the social legislation of 2004. Now a distinction is made between the disabled and those able to work. Since Jan 1, 2005, the needy who ar…

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Cansier, Dieter, “Social Safety Net”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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