Employment of refugees: a “job engine” for German companies

The employment of refugees in German companies since 2015 has had a very positive impact on the market opportunities of these companies. This is the result of the study “From ‘refugee crisis’ to job engine: An analysis of the experience of German companies in integrating refugees” by the non-profit organisation “Tent Partnership for Refugees” and the research institute DIW Econ. This study analyses for the first time the experiences of 100 medium-sized and large German companies, three quarters of which have hired refugees for the first time since 2015.
According to the study, 64 per cent of the companies state that they have had positive experiences with the employment of refugees, and 88 per cent of the companies intend to hire more refugees in 2022. According to the study, positive effects include better market positioning, higher employee satisfaction, higher employee retention as well as higher productivity and increased creativity. The improvement in productivity and creativity in the companies is due to the fact that “refugees approach problem solving from different perspectives”, which results in improved decision-making processes and greater innovative strength.
Download the study: DIW-Econ_Report_Tent_DE_V10-single-pages.pdf

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