Observers were skeptical last week, when speculation began to spread that Frank-Jürgen Weise would be the new president of the German federal office for migration and refugees, or BAMF.
Why, people asked, should Mr. Weise, 63, trade the federal labor office, or BA, for the much smaller refugee office? After all, he presently has more than 100,000 employees working under him and with the current economic situation, finding work for people certainly isn’t the worst of jobs.
So, was the post at the labor office simply too good to exchange for the refugee agency? It appears so, as Mr. Weise now is in charge of both offices.
It is convenient that both offices are in Nuremberg. And while the labor office staff is being reduced because of strong employment numbers, the refugee office desperately is seeking workers to handle the flood of paperwork. Up to 300,000 asylum applications are stacked up in the government agency.
In an announcement to the press Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere said on Friday, “Mr. Weise is among the most experienced and best agency heads we have in Germany, among the best public managers.”
A short time later, the minister of labor and social affairs, Andrea Nahles, spoke of Mr. Weise’s extensive experience, adding he was “just the one who could take on even more.”