German Welfare System Supports Muslim Polygamy
The SPD [Socialist Party] Neukölln is kicking up a fuss again: it has information that second and third wives (married in accordance with Islamic law) are dealing with the social welfare office as if they were single mothers. And although they are living in a household with the father, are collecting money as a Hartz IV [Welfare for long-term unemployed] "independent needs community".
The welfare state should not provide economic incentives for polygamy. Fritz Felgentreu, the head of Neukölln SPD, said to the KURIER: "We only have information from employees of the agency, and I don't have a magic solution. But that a special variety of Islam wants to establish itself here at the expense of the welfare state." The Federal Government must investigate whether and to what extent the social welfare system is being abused for polygamy.