Two-thirds of refugees are in work, training or language courses

By Michael Seifert

Two-thirds of the 1180 refugees between the ages of 18 and 65, who are supervised by the administrative district office Tübingen, have found work or are in training, school or language courses. This positive development is according to the fourth report made by the special service refugees (Fachdienst Geflüchtete), which was presented to the district assembly in September. According to it, 25.5 % are employed and 8.2 % are in training. Almost 30 % of refugees are visiting a language course and 8.4 % go to school. The numbers refer to the refugees in the district of Tübingen, who have arrived since 2015. However, those that live in the City of Tübingen and are supervised by it, are not included in the numbers. Franziska Dröscher, who works for the administrative district office Tübingen and compiled the numbers, explains that the actual number of working refugees is in fact even higher. “Many of them don’t need any support from social services anymore and are not included in these statistics.”

Almost half of the women, who don’t have an “official” employment, are taking care of children under the age of three. About 20 % of men and women have a medical impairment.

The report concludes that after being in Germany for two and a half years, the focus of many refugees has shifted from learning the language towards working or training. However, for over 20 % of those who have arrived since 2015, the language-learning is not yet completed.

On inquiry, tünews INTERNATIONAL received current numbers from the Job Center, which add to the report. In the district of Tübingen, there are 5926 employees from third countries, 807 of these are from eight of the most common home countries of refugees. 1240 are from the Western Balkans, 1466 are from Turkey and 2413 are from another third country. The number of working refugees from the main asylum countries has therefore doubled since March 2018.

On the other side, there are 2064 people capable of work who are unemployed and receive social benefits (1373 from the main asylum countries, 179 from the Western Balkans, 277 from Turkey and 235 from other third countries).

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