Germany’s 30 largest listed companies have a total turnover of more than EUR 1,100 billion and have over 3.5 million employees – but employ no more than 54 refugees with permanent employment a year after that more than a million migrants and refugees came to Germany, writes SvD Economics.
The figures, reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, after calls to the companies, puts the finger on the many unsolved problems of integration. Lack of German language skills, not qualified, and lengthy asylum processes that destroy the motivation, writes the newspaper.
– Most of the refugees are well trained and motivated. Mercedes needs them, cheered Daimler chairman, Dieter Zetsche, in September last year.
– At best, the wave of refugees will lay the foundations for a “new economic miracle” in Germany, he said.
In the media, the image of a stream of engineers, doctors and programmers who are just waiting to show what they can do, was made.
But the problem is that most of the refugees and migrants do not have the work experience or training that German companies require.
The German industry needs a highly qualified workforce, and of the 663,000 available jobs by the end of June, there were only 113,000 that did not require high skills and a solid experience, and so far only 54 migrants have got one of those 113,000 jobs.
To bring in more migrant labor, Angela Merkel’s party the Christian Democrats has therefore proposed that companies are allowed to go below the minimum wage of 8.50 euros during the first six months. But the proposal is highly controversial in the government where the Social Democrats warn that migrants will take unskilled jobs from Germans.