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Youth in Germany without passports face tougher traineeship hunt

Europe
18.12.2017
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Dusseldorf (dpa) - Young people in Germany without German citizenship have significantly worse prospects of finding a vocational training position than their passport-holding peers, according to a study published Monday.

More than half of all youths without German citizenship, including refugees, cannot find a traineeship, the paper compiled by the charitable Bertelsmann foundation said.

Children born in Germany are not automatically entitled to citizenship if their parents are foreign-born. Many grow up in Germany without possessing a passport.

Joerg Draeger, chairman of the foundation, said the report underlines the importance of integration programmes, such as language courses.

Equally disadvantaged on the training position market were graduates of "Hauptschulen" (comprehensive schools).

The German education system has three tiers, which are intended to channel students of different aptitudes towards vocational, professional or academic paths.

Those from Hauptschulen, which have low entry requirements and typically prepare their students for vocational careers, as well as those without any secondary education diploma, struggled as much as those without citzienship.

Some 523,000 traineeship contracts were signed last year in Germany, according to information released by the German Ministry for Education and Research last Wednesday.

 

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