Migrant labor

Destination Integration

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Popular as never before: Germany ranks second among immigrant destinations.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Migrants to Germany are net contributors to the economy, but more unskilled people paying lower taxes mean that the country’s finances may suffer in the long-term.

  • Facts


    • About 465,000 people came to live in Germany in 2013 – twice as many as in 2007.
    • Fifty-six percent of all newcomers have a job.
    • Less than half of highly qualified immigrants work in jobs that correspond to their qualifications.
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Aydan Özoguz dismissed last year’s Integration Summit as a “nice little tea party” complete with “nice photo opportunities” and “warm words.” That was before the Social Democrat (SPD) politician of Turkish descent joined the federal government herself. Now she’s integration commissioner, and on Monday she and Chancellor Angela Merkel were joint hosts of the summit, an annual meeting that focuses on intergrating people with migrant backgrounds.

“We made good progress,” Ms. Özoguz said following the gathering of 110 delegates in the chancellery in Berlin, adding that much work still remained.

Participants of the seventh such summit had restricted themselves to a relatively narrow agenda: vocational training for immigrant families. The round of discussions under Ms. Özoguz didn’t produce any tangible results, but two things were apparent.

While the past summits were often overshadowed by conflicts between the government and migrant associations, discussions are now “increasingly harmonious,” said Nihat Sorgec of the Kreuzberger Bildungswerk, a Berlin-based service provider for vocational education.

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