The purpose of the minimum integration income (RMI), created in 1988, is to guarantee a minimum level of resources and to facilitate the integration or re-integration into society of persons with a low income. The RMI is paid to any person meeting the following conditions: residing in France, aged at least 25 (except for particular cases, such as pregnant women, etc.); having resources below the amount of the RMI, and signing an integration contract.
The RMI is known as a "differential" allowance. The person concerned receives the difference between the amount of the RMI and his/her monthly resources. The resources taken into account for the calculation of the RMI are those of the applicant but also of the spouse or concubine and the allowance also depends on the number of dependents.
The RSA (active solidarity income), replace from June 1st, 2009 in metropolitan France, the RMI