Annual report 2016 on integration of refugees in Bavaria: Success of the initiative "Integration by apprenticeship and employment"


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On federal level in Germany, Bavaria is an example when it comes to the integration of refugees on the job market. This is the conclusion the Bavarian government has come to in the wake of the publication of the 2016 annual report of the program “Integration through apprenticeship and employment”.

Minister of Economic Affairs Ilse Aigner: "In 2016, through this program, 60,500 refugees were able to find an internship, an apprenticeship or a job. Our common goal of helping 20,000 refugees by the end of 2016 was therefore met more than three times. (... Furthermore,) with more than 35,000 new taxable employment situations to date, of which 5,000 apprenticeships, we are already half-way (to meeting our goal of inserting 60,000 refugees by 2019). This is particular feat of our Bavarian companies, whom I would like to extend my gratitude for the remarkable commitment."

Minister of Social Affairs Emilia Müller: "The results show that  Bavaria knew to set the right course from the very beginning. Integration works if everyone pulls in the same direction. We offer global support to people who intend to stay here for the long-term, or even settle down in Bavaria, so that they can set foot on the job market. Thus we financially suppor 41 job tutors throughout Bavaria, whose task it is to help 1,500 refugees in their job search, but also to remain important partners once the job has been found -- partners for the employee as well as for the employer. This is our government's way of encouraging companies to hire refugees on their apprentice or job openings, in order to qualify them and ensure they will stay."

Minister of Education, Dr. Ludwig Spaenle: "The incremental job integration classes we offer in Bavaria are quite unique in Germany. Through this program, young refugees learn German for 2  years, in courses preparing them specifically to the job market (...). Vocational school work in close cooperation with companies. This year, we increased the number of these integration classes to 1,100. (...) In 2016 alone, 4,500 students of these classes were able to complete mandatory internships. Moreover, refugees who obtain an apprenticeship are offered a supplementary language course at the vocational school, in order for them to prepare for their degree in the best possible conditions."

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