Minister of Social Affairs Johannes Rauch (Greens) supports AMS boss Johannes Kopf’s proposal to include displaced persons from Ukraine in social assistance. “I think that the right to social assistance is a good way to integrate Ukrainians more easily into the labor market,” he said.
“There should be no more bans on thinking,” he explained in an interview with the “Standard” (Friday edition). Labor Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP) had previously made cautiously positive comments about this possibility. Kocher said in the ORF “Report” on Tuesday that he would be fine with as many of those who had fled Ukraine as possible working in the labor market. However, it should be borne in mind that if the expelled are integrated into the social security system, they will be obliged to accept jobs in Austria.
However, coalition partner ÖVP thinks otherwise. Integration Minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP) spoke out against Kopf’s proposal in early November. After the initial admission and housing, the message should now be “self-preservation” – and not to transfer these people to the social system.