Fewer Immigrants Use Social Assistance

The report shows how immigrants' use of social assistance varies by country of origin , residence and immigration reason, and how the figures have changed in time.

From 1999 to 2002, the proportion of immigrants' use of social assistance was 12 percent, and it decreased from 12 to 8 percent in the period between 2005 and 2008, while the proportion of social assistance receipents in the entire population remained steady at 4 percent in the period of 1999-2002 and 2005.

Main findings about the social assistance recipients among all immigrant groups

Refugees compose of the highest proportion of social benefit reception. 26 percent of refugees received social assitance in 2008, while 40 percent of them used social assistance in the period 1999-2002. The abrupt change suggests the positive effect of longer residence duration.

On the other hand, 7 percent of family immigrants received social assistance with a 30 percent decrease since 2005.

The most striking figure is about the proportion of social benefit among the migrant workers and among those who come because of education is very low , even lower than the average of entire population.

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