Germany’s refugees — and there are many — will by and large be on the public dole for life, according to a new study provided by labor officials.
Aydan Ozoguz, the country’s commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, said in an interview with the Financial Times that only a quarter of those being granted shelter in Germany would ever make it to the self-sufficiency stage.
For the rest?
Public assistance and taxpayer benefits would be their lifetime reward, he said.
From the Express:
“The Institute for Employment Research (IAB) found only 45 per cent of Syrian refugees in Germany have a school-leaving certificate and 23 per cent a college degree.
“It said 484,000 of the refugees are looking for work, up from 322,000 last July — an increase of 50 per cent.
“Of those, 178,500 are officially unemployed, meaning they not only have no work but are not enrolled in any training programmes or language courses — up 27 per cent on last July.
“The figures will be hard to swallow for Angela Merkel as she seeks a fourth term as chancellor in elections this September.
“Ms Merkel’s poll ratings plummeted in 2015 when she responded to Europe’s migrant crisis by announcing a deeply unpopular open-door policy.
“It was hoped the arrival of so many working-age, highly-motivated immigrants would help end Germany’s skills shortage and solve a demographic crisis posed by its dangerously low birth rate.
“Dieter Zetsche, chief executive of carmaker Daimler, said the refugees could lay the foundation for the ‘next German economic miracle.’
“But the truth about the migrants’ lack of qualifications and language skills is now sinking in.
“Ms Özoğuz told the FT: “There has been a shift in perceptions.
“‘Many of the first Syrian refugees to arrive in Germany were doctors and engineers, but they were succeeded by many, many more who lacked skills.’”