What is Arbeitslosengeld I or ALG I?

Unemployment insurance (Arbeitslosengeld I or ALG I) is a type of social assistance in Germany.

All employees must pay for unemployment insurance. It costs 1.5% of their salary every month. For freelancers, unemployment insurance is optional1.

You get ALG I when you lose your job. You only get ALG 1 if you have paid unemployment insurance for at least 12 months in the last 30 months1, 2. You must apply for ALG I at the Bundesagentur für Arbeit1.

ALG I pays 60% to 67% of your previous salary, up to ~2000€ per month.(in 2020)