Most Refugees Stay Jobless For Years - Minister

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Up to three-quarters of refugees in Germany will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to the country’s commissioner for refugee integration Aydan Ozoguz.

She told the Financial Times that Germany faces challenges in integrating its enormous migrant population.

According to Ozoguz, only a quarter to a third of the newcomers would enter the labor market over the next five years, and “for many others, we will need up to ten.”

Initially the influx of many working-age, highly-motivated immigrants spurred optimism that they would mitigate Germany’s acute skills shortage. The CEO of carmaker Daimler Dieter Zetsche even said the refugees could lay the foundation for the “next German economic miracle.”

However, according to Ozoguz, time showed the migrants’ lack of qualifications and language skills.

“There has been a shift in perceptions,” she said.

Many of the first Syrian refugees to arrive in Germany were doctors and engineers, but they were followed by “many, many more who lacked skills.”

According to a report by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), only 45 percent of Syrian refugees in Germany have a school-leaving certificate and 23 percent a college degree.

 

Read more from RT here: https://www.rt.com/business/393398-refugees-stay-jobless-germany/

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