Just over a quarter of asylum seekers looking for work in Germany have the equivalent of a German Abitur, the prestigious diploma that qualifies students for college, the Bundesagentur für Arbeit said- German authority for labor-related issues. That’s still higher than the status quo in German schools, where 17 percent of all students achieved an Abitur in 2014.
The German authority for labor-related issues, the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), published a report on Wednesday that highlighted a lower-than-expected level of education and training among the nearly 300,000 refugees who are registered as jobseekers in Germany.
The BA’s report came on the heels of revelations that Germany’s largest companies weren’t hiring many of the new arrivals.
The small and medium-sized companies that make up the backbone of the German economy, known as the Mittelstand, have been hiring refugees at a higher rate.