About 100,000 Greeks Receive their Pensions from the German State

100,000 Greek citizens are receiving their pensions from the German state, wrote German newspaper Rheinische Post.

Rentenversicherung data shows that the number of Greek pensioners eligible for a German pension has more than doubled since 1990, the year of German reunification, to 1.76 million people, from 780,000. That amounts to 7% of all pensions in Germany.

Almost one million pensions are being payed by the German Pensions Desk to pensioners from countries such as Italy (373,000); Spain (226,000); Greece (100,000); France (87,000), and Turkey (70,000).

According to Rentenversicherung, the increase in Greek pensions from Germany is attributed to the rise in immigration of workers to Germany from Italy; Spain; Greece; the former Yugoslavia, and Turkey in the 1960s and 1970s, who contributed to social security through their wages.