Asylum seekers integrated into the German labour market worse than expected – Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans and Iranians in particular receive unemployment benefits

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The asylum seekers who have immigrated since 2015 are significantly less well integrated into the labour market than the foreigners who have lived here before. According to current figures published by the Federal Employment Agency (BA), 53 percent of all employable asylum seekers receive unemployment benefit II (Hartz IV). That is currently about 629,000 persons, reports the monthly magazine Tichys Einblick based on current BA figures. Most recipients of unemployment benefits, namely 58 percent, are Syrians with about 367,000 persons. The Hartz IV rate among Syrians is 70 percent, far surpassing all other immigrant groups with asylum status.

According to official BA figures, only 128,000 of the current 790,000 Syrians in Germany are employed subject to social security contributions. In relation to the group of employable Syrians between 15 and 65 years of age, this corresponds to an employment rate of 24 percent according to the BA. This is the…

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