4Syrian Man With 4 Wives, 23 Kids Gets $360,000 Per Year in Welfare-Truth! & Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
A Syrian man with 4 wives and 22 kids receives $360,000 per year in welfare from the German government.
Reports about a Syrian man living in Germany with his four wives and 22 kids collects $360,000 per year in welfare began circulating in mid-2016 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. But the man is only identified as “Ghazia A.,” making follow-up or independent confirmation impossible. The claim that the Syrian man receives $360,000 in welfare, meanwhile, is an estimation, not verified reports. For those reasons, we’re calling this one “truth” and “unproven.”
The German newspaper Rhein-Zeitung was the first to publish the report. The newspaper reported that “most of the refugees in the region are inconspicuous and try to integrate.” But a Syrian man named Ghazia A. was cited as an exception. He had four wives and 23 children, 22 of them living in Germany, the publication reported:
The family man arrived last year with four wives and 23 children from Turkey. The traditional extended family previously lived in several cities throughout Syria. The wealthy businessman could afford a house for every woman and even servants there. According to Islamic law, the Koran allows a man to marry up to four wives and other lovers. This is controversial for progressive Muslims. By contrast, conservative families live according to this legal concept, which often denies women access to education.
The initial story didn’t include any information on public benefits or welfare received by the Syrian man or his family. But other publications soon began filling in the blanks. Based on general estimates, reports that the man collects as much as $400,000 per year began to circulate. Those figures aren’t verified. But publications like the U.K.’s Express reported this information as fact. A story appeared there under the misleading headline, “Syrian refugee with FOUR WIVES and 23 CHILDREN ‘claims £320,000 a year in benefits.'” However, buried in the post is the fact that those figures are based on rough estimations:
The family could be receiving more than £320,000 a year in benefits according to a financial manager on the Employers’ Association website.
There is no official confirmation on this figure.
German officials have confirmed that the country does not recognize polygamy. So, it’s been reported, the man would claim one primary wife. The others would then claim benefits for themselves and their children. But there’s no way to confirm those reports. And it should be noted that German law requires able-bodied, adult asylum seekers to work. It’s not clear how long the Syrian man and his wives went without work.
For those reasons, we’re calling claims that a Syrian man with four wives and 22 children collects $360,000 in welfare “truth” and “unproven.” They would have collected some assistance, but how much and for how long is unclear.