A year after the war in Ukraine, the Federal Agency for Employment in Germany announced that it expects a clear breakthrough in the German labor market thanks to Ukrainian refugees.
Danil Tratsenbach, a member of the board of the Federal Employment Agency, said that the number of Ukrainian women and men who have been appointed to jobs subject to social insurance in Germany has increased by about 65,000 before the start of the war.
He added that there are also about 21,000 Ukrainians working in small jobs, explaining that they all contribute to combating the labor shortage in the German economy, noting that the German labor market is capable of absorption.
He added that he expects the number of Ukrainian workers in Germany to increase significantly during the coming weeks and months, when women and men have completed integration courses and professional language courses with the Federal Authority for Migration and Refugee Affairs.
Tratsenbach stressed that starting from the second quarter of this year in particular, there will be a greater number of graduates of these courses with good language skills, and he said, “We consciously tried to make people’s qualifications visible and usable,” explaining that the goal wasn’t to immediately hire refugees for assistant jobs, but that they are appointed according to their capabilities.
He pointed out that the goal during the wave of refugees between 2014 and 2016 was to have 50% of the people employed five to six years after their arrival, pointing out that this was achieved despite the difficulties and hardships that were faced due to the Corona epidemic.
He added that it became clear that a large part of the refugees are ready to stay in Germany for a long time to learn the German language and to work.
It’s noteworthy that the head of the Federal Authority for Migration and Refugee Affairs, Hans-Eckhard Sommer, announced that enrollment in integration courses and language learning courses was better than ever before, and explained that more than 500,000 immigrants enrolled in such courses during the past year, and indicated that the number, and this has increased almost twice as much compared to what it was in 2021.