In evaluating the use of benefits, it is important to note that foreign cases can
present special situations. Due to unique family customs in some foreign countries,
the term "proper use" may have a broader meaning than when applied in domestic cases.
In foreign cases, it is not unusual for only one member of a large household to be
entitled to benefits. In some cultures, these large households may encompass more
than those individuals living in the same house. They may include people in the beneficiary's
immediate family, as well as distant relations and even unrelated individuals. The
benefits often represent a substantial part, if not all, of the income to the household.
In such cases, the benefits are often merged with any other income and used for all
the members of the household. No attempt is made to segregate the beneficiary's funds
for his or her use to meet any special expenses or to conserve funds. His or her current
needs are met in the same proportion and manner as other members of the household.
The degree to which the beneficiary derives social or psychological support from such
an extended or kinship family structure is difficult to measure. It is unrealistic
to attempt to establish the value of the benefits derived by the beneficiary as a
member of a communal family household where all members customarily share and share
alike. It is equally unrealistic to expect that the beneficiary's funds would be held
separately to meet only his or her needs or to provide him or her with a standard
of living significantly different from the household group.