In September 2017, voters in Zurich, with a two-thirds majority vote, changed the Social Assistance Act – with a voter turnout of 48 percent.
Provisional admitted foreigners – these are people whose asylum applications have been rejected, but who can not be expelled for legal reasons – no longer receive social assistance, but only asylum.
The Canton of Zurich currently has about 5600 people with this status. Map-F, the monitoring and contact point for provisionally admitted persons, was set up by opponents of the original invoice. Map-F has now written a report on the impact of the new Social Assistance Act.
The municipalities receive a daily allowance of 36 francs per person from the canton. This means that the basic needs for living, rental costs, situational benefits and integration measures must be met.
Answers from 73 municipalities
The Observatory asked all 166 municipalities in the canton how they support the provisionally admitted aliens. 73 municipalities answered the question. The new law has been implemented since 1 July.
Basic requirements: This refers to the costs of food, hygiene, communication, energy, clothing and more. Rental and medical expenses are not covered by the basic requirement. The social conference of the Canton of Zurich (Soko) makes recommendations (see table).
For example, support services are about 30 percent according to the guidelines of the Swiss Social Assistance Conference (Skos). About half of the respondents respond to Soko's recommendations.
Numerous municipalities have outsourced the reception and accommodation of provisionally admitted aliens to ORS Service AG. The internal guidelines of the company again offer slightly lower approaches.
Map-F also mentions communities in the report that make particularly heavy cuts. The municipality of Stäfa was affected with basic needs of CHF 410 for a single household. The municipality keeps part of the amount for unforeseen expenses.
rent: According to the report, this is treated very differently. In 29 percent of the municipalities, the guidelines for social assistance recipients continue to apply with regard to rent.
Many other municipalities have no guidelines or will decide on a case-by-case basis. In some communities, the provisionally admitted persons would have to move to a collective home in order to receive a contribution to the rent.
Integration services: Because the situation is "even more confusing", the report says. A quarter of the municipalities have not changed the previous practice. However, the vast majority of municipalities are deleting certain integration services. Embrach "decides situational". Bubikon only pays "if motivation exists".
Happy thing, where to land
Map-F complains about a lack of transparency and unequal treatment. Temporary admission will be assigned by the canton of a municipality. They are not allowed to change their place of residence as long as they depend on benefits.
So it's just a matter of luck if someone lands in Zurich and receives a living allowance of 690 francs a month or in Stäfa, where he has to humiliate after deducting 360 francs.
The Observatory criticizes the legal inequality that arises because each municipality can autonomously determine the benefits. It requires binding guidelines, which are implemented in all municipalities in the canton. (Zurich regional newspapers)
Created: 23.08.2018, 18:31