Saturday 24 September 2016

‘Refugee-only’ job fair in Berlin attracts thousands of hopeful job seekers

David Kearns

Published 01/03/2016 | 17:01

A refugees fills a form at a stand offering employment and job training possibilities at a jobs fair for refugees in Berlin Credit: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)
A refugees fills a form at a stand offering employment and job training possibilities at a jobs fair for refugees in Berlin Credit: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)
Refugees fills looking for employment and training possibilities at a jobs fair in Berlin Credit: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)

A ‘refugee-only’ job fair in Germany attracted thousands of hopeful migrants looking for work.

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Some 4,000 people attended a ‘refugee-only’ job fair in Berlin hosted by 211 different employers as apart of an effort to encourage greater integration.

The one-day event was organised by Germany's Federal Employment Agency and a number of private businesses, and was held in the Neukolln district of Berlin where about 10 pc of the population is of Arab descent – owed in part to the influx of Turkish migrants during the 1970s.

The jobs advertised varied by field but included openings in the city’s tourism and construction sector, as well as in IT, medicine, and retail. 

"Germany’s population has been aging and the country faces a chronic manpower shortage," said one of the employers at the fair.

"If refugees are integrated in the country through jobs, it could be a win-win solution for both sides."

A total of 476,649 asylum applications were registered in Germany last year, almost twice as many as in 2014, with more than a third coming from Syrian nationals.

Refugees fills looking for employment and training possibilities at a jobs fair in Berlin Credit: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)
Refugees fills looking for employment and training possibilities at a jobs fair in Berlin Credit: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)
Over 200 businesses took part in the event attended in Germany Credit: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)
Refugees fills looking for employment and training possibilities at a jobs fair in Berlin Credit: Carsten Koall (Getty Images)

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