jobs for refugees in Germany

About 1m migrants arrived in Germany last year, about a third of them refugees from Syria. ….

A survey by the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper of the top 30 German companies found that they had together employed just 54 refugees. Fifty of them were hired by one company, Deutsche Post. ….

A spokesman for Bayer, the German pharmaceuticals group, said that while refugees were motivated and willing to learn, “they come from countries with educational systems where science is barely taught, and that’s what you need for a job at Bayer.” He said the company had so far not employed a single refugee.

Guy Chazan and Patrick McGee, “Survey reveals Germany’s top companies employ just 54 refugees“, Financial Times, 16 July 2016.

On the other hand, thousands of refugees have found jobs with smaller firms. (See the link below.) The FT journalists overlook this relevant fact.

Germany’s employment agency has estimated that at least 30,000 refugees have found jobs in the country since spring 2015. ….

A quarter of employed refugees were working on temporary contracts. Many had menial jobs as janitors or as security guards.

That is laudable, he [Federal Employment Agency chief Frank-Jürgen Weise] said. “On the other hand, we currently have in terms of asylum seekers 130,000 people who are unemployed and on benefits,” Weise said.

Thousands of refugees find work in Germany“, Deutsche Welle, 10 July 2016.


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