I’ve been told that: “Immigrants abuse social assistance”
I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT: "IMMIGRANTS ABUSE SOCIAL ASSISTENCE"
There is not any specific social assistance for foreign people
There is not any specific benefit assigned to a person just because they are foreigners. Social Services’ Catalan law (Llei 12/2007, 11th October) guarantees assistance for those who need it. It also states that “all public powers have to guarantee everybody’s right to access to social services and its effective use in equal conditions, equity and redistributive justice”.
Anybody can access to social benefits, as far as they fulfill some requirements related to their economic situation, age, number of people they have in charge, period of time living in the city and living with serious conditions. In order to receive social benefits, someone’s origin is not taken into account in these requirements.
Actually, foreigners’ access to social assistance needs further requirements, for instance, having a residence permit. That is why undocumented people can only receive assistance in case of emergency.
Assistance is provided to people living with social vulnerability.
Trust professionals who manage social assistance, know who and when people need it, and avoid its abuse.
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