Asylum seekers are entitled to financial support from the state. These aids are called asylum seekers' benefits ("Asylbewerberleistungen"). As an asylum seeker, you are provided food and drinks, clothes, shoes, toiletries and household items. You also receive a so-called "pocket money" ("Taschengeld") with which you can, for instance, buy a SIM card, a bus ticket or other items you need. The state also pays for your accommodation.
Whether you will be handed the necessary everyday items directly, or receive money to buy those things yourself depends on where you live. In the initial reception facilities, you are usually handed these items directly. If you live in another form of housing or an apartment, you often receive money to buy the articles you need. Each federal state has its specific regulations- in some federal states, asylum seekers receive some cash along with some goods.
The amount of cash you receive depends, among other things, on whether you are married and/or have children or not. Every month you receive a letter from the Social Welfare Office, in which the amount of payment you receive is specified. If you do not receive this letter, notify the staff member responsible for you. You can seek advice from a counselling centre regarding the amount of financial aid you receive. They can tell you if the amount you receive has been calculated correctly. You can find a counselling centre nearby on the Pro Asyl website.
Please note: Asylum seekers usually do not receive child and parental allowance ("Kindergeld" and "Elterngeld"). Only asylum seekers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey who have a job with a claim on social insurance can apply for parental allowance during their asylum procedure.