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1ST LEAD Refugee job chances in Germany fall short of expectations By Andrew McCathie, dpa

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Berlin (dpa) - Only about 10 per cent of the nearly 1 million refugees who entered Germany in 2015 had managed to find work by the middle of last year, partially due to the government slashing the funds for a key labour scheme for ayslum seekers.

The release Thursday of figures on refugee employment by the Nuremberg-based Institute for Labour Market and Professional Research (IAB) coincided with government data showing that a key scheme aimed at encouraging hiring asylum seekers had fallen well short of its target.

Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s government had planned to create about 100,000 low-pay jobs paying 1 euro (1.1 dollars) an hour to help integrate the newcomers into the labour market.

But the Labour Ministry said that, of the 25,000 so-called 1-euro job places applied for, only 21,000 had been filled.

Berlin had planned to spend 300 million euros each year until 2019 on the scheme.

However, the Labour Ministry said this had been cut back to just 60 million euros a year.

Germany has been forced to step up its efforts at integrating newcomers following Merkel‘s controversial September 2015 decision to allow almost 1 million refugees fleeing wars in the Middle East and Africa to enter Germany.

While the IAB estimated that only about 10 per cent of them had found work by last year, they were more optimistic about their future prospects.

About 50 per cent of the refugees who recently arrived in Germany will find a job in their first five years, the IAB researchers predicted.

Up to 70 per cent of refugees are also likely to find work over the course of 10 years, they added.

The findings of the IAB, the think tank of Germany‘s Federal Labour Agency, is based on current developments and past experiences with refugees who have been seeking work in Europe‘s biggest economy.


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