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Dealing with Unprecedented Influx of Refugees, Asylum Seekers

The Levant News —  Germany is taking measures to better handle the growing influx of refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Applications for asylum are being processed more quickly.
  • Employment restrictions for asylum seekers have been eased.
  • Access to on-the-job training for asylum seekers and refugees allowed to remain in Germany has been made easier.
  • 1 million euros in Federal funds for the Bundesländer to deal with refugee influx.
Refugees arrive at a central intake facility in Hessen.
Refugees arrive at a central intake facility in Hessen.

In the first six months of 2015, Germany received nearly 180,000 asylum requests, a 132 percent increase over the same time period in 2014, according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). BAMF predicts that it will receive more than 400,000 asylum requests in 2015, which would be twice the amount received in 2014.

Doubling migration office workforce and processing asylum requests more quickly

To deal with the increase in asylum seekers, the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees plans to hire 2,000 more employees by the end of 2016, effectively doubling its workforce. It has already hired hundreds towards this goal and already reported that it is processing asylum requests more rapidly: 5.3 months on average vs. 7.1 months.

Easier access to jobs for asylum seekers and refugees allowed to remain

These refugees from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Syria are taking part in an integration project run by the agency for employment in Hanover designed to help them find jobs faster.

At the beginning of the year, the federal government lifted several restrictions on employment for asylum seekers and those who have been allowed to remain in Germany. The Federal Employment Agency no longer has to do a priority review to determine if German citizens, EU citizens or foreigners with status would be eligible for a particular job before an asylum seeker. This review no longer takes place in the following cases:

College graduates who are applying for jobs in fields with shortages and who fulfill the requirements for an EU Blue Card.
Skilled workers who hold a recognized training for an employment field with shortages or who are taking part in programs to have their qualifications recognized.
Job seekers who have lived in Germany continuously for at least 15 months.
Otherwise, asylum seekers can look for a job after 3 months of residency in Germany, but the agency must do a priority review and approve their employment.

Access to on-the-job training

To support asylum seekers and those allowed to remain in getting into the job market, the Federal Employment Agency will no longer have to approve practical training in certain fields. In Germany, such on-the-job training plays an important role as preparation for permanent employment.

1 million euros in federal funds in 2015

BAMF President Manfred Schmidt at a refugee facility in Ellwangen

BAMF President Manfred Schmidt at a refugee facility in Ellwangen

The Federal Government will increase its support for the Bundesländer who are dealing with influx of people from 500,000 euros in 2015 to 1 million this year. The Federal Government and the Bundesländer will form a working group to talk about

 

States and communities are working hard to deal with the unprecedented influx of refugees, with adequate housing and speedy registration being top concerns.

With the ongoing war in Syria and escalating political suppression in Eritrea, Europe has seen an increase in refugees making the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean Sea. Refugees are also coming over land from Western Balkan states, with Kosovo, Albania, Serbia being the top countries of origin after Syria. Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are also countries of origin with the most growth in refugees.

Source: Welcome to Germany.info

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