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Refugee policy: Nordhausen district council introduces payment card for refugees

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Refugee policy: Nordhausen district council introduces payment card for refugees

How does a payment card work? – With a payment card, refugees can shop in the respective region, whether in retail stores or at vending machines.

– Cash cannot be withdrawn. Overdrafting is also not possible.

– If asylum seekers return purchased products, they will receive a credit for the purchase price.

– International transfers are not possible.

– The district says it can set a credit limit. If the limit is reached, no additional credit can be added to the card.

– Regardless of the payment card, asylum seekers continue to receive monthly pocket money of 100 to 180 euros, depending on their age.

– According to district administrator Martina Schweinsburg, the introduction in the Greiz district cost between 10,000 and 15,000 euros. A ticket costs the district between three and six euros. Each top-up costs one euro.

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