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Jointly managing migration

September 28, 2016

The successful integration of refugees presents new opportunities for companies and industries in Germany. A new study, which Roland Berger presented to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, takes a closer look at the current refugee situation. The study surveyed 132 companies, of which 76 are members of the "Wir zusammen" initiative. Almost 90 percent of those member organizations had employed refugees - reporting overwhelmingly positive experiences.

"With great opportunities on offer for the German economy, we can ensure the integration of refugees benefits everyone."

The study surveyed 132 companies, of which 76 are members of the "Wir zusammen" initiative. Almost 90 percent of those member organizations had employed refugees - reporting overwhelmingly positive experiences.

The study suggests a number of recommendations to ensure the successful economic integration of refugees in Germany, including:

  1. Quicker certainty regarding resident status.
  2. Improving language competence for refugees.
  3. Better professional qualifications for refugees.
  4. Better delivery of information to refugees.
  5. Improving competence assessments and recognition of qualifications.
  6. Removing hurdles in the hiring process.
  7. Promoting exchange between companies.

At Friedhelm Loh Group interns get to know the daily business of an industrial company
At Friedhelm Loh Group interns get to know the daily business of an industrial company Source: Friedhelm Loh Group

Steps have already been taken to assist the integration of refugees in Germany. However, in order for successful integration into the labor market to take place long-term, political, economic and public support is required into the future. Together, we can realize the economic chances and opportunities for the German labor market.

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