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Social security shocks Ukrainian families by trying to claw back subsidies

Ukrainian families given temporary protection in Portugal due to the war in their country have been shocked to receive ‘demands’ from Social Security for subsidies considered overpaid. Say reports, Social Security says this is ‘normal’ if Ukrainians have gone on to find a job, for example. But one of the people asked to pay back €2,000 is an old man in his 80s, who is sick and doesn’t even read Portuguese. He has no job. But according to Social Security, because he belongs to a family grouping in which one member has a job, he must repay the amount calculated. The Association of Ukrainians in Portugal says it has a number of similar cases, and vows to challenge these demands through the courts.