Married couples on welfare are mostly of non-Western origin

Lucie Rychla
March 14th, 2016

This article is more than 7 years old.

Cost of supporting them a huge drain, claims Cepos

People of non-Western origin in Denmark are more likely to be unemployed compared to the rest of the population, claims Cepos (photo: Pixabay)

Figures from the Employment Ministry reveal that 84 percent of the married couples in Denmark who are both receiving welfare benefits (kontanthjælp) are of non-Western origin.

Tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet jumped on the news in its Monday issue, pointing out only 8 percent of the total population aged 16-66 has a non-Western background.

According to calculations from the independent Danish think-tank Cepos, citizens of a non-Western origin on benefits cost the Danish state an average of 11 billion kroner per year. And they are far more likely to be unemployed.



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