1. Home
  2. Press
  3. Press Releases
  4. Setting the right course
Show image in lightbox Setting the right course
(© Photo: @HANSEAT - Fotolia)
Share this article:

or copy the following link:

The link was added to your clipboard!

Refugee and Asylum Policy Press Release No. 47 3. September 2015

Setting the right course

This year, up to 800,000 refugees are expected to come to Germany. However, the Federal Government does not yet have a convincing concept for a sustainable refugee and asylum policy. In a new study the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln) shows what policymakers can do – without repeating past mistakes.

Share this article:

or copy the following link:

The link was added to your clipboard!

In its proposals, the IW distinguishes between refugees from the Western Balkans and from crisis regions such as Syria, as refugees from the Western Balkans are almost never granted asylum. Nevertheless, about 47 per cent of all asylum seekers who arrived in Germany in the first six months of the year originated from this region. To reduce this influx of refugees it would, according to the IW, be helpful to organise information campaigns about the German asylum and refugee law in the Balkans. The IW also recommends to handle the asylum procedures of persons from these regions quickly and rigorously, preferably in separate accommodation centers.

At the same time, it is necessary to create alternative admission options for skilled workers who want to come to Germany. In addition for asylum seekers and tolerated foreigners the currently effective labour market tests should be relinquished. Asylum seekers should also get the possibility to switch to residence permits for skilled and residence permits for occupational training. The large number of young refugees – in the first half of 2015, about 29 per cent were minors – should be able to start and finish educational programs in Germany. In particular, the deportation of apprentices older than 21 years should be suspended.

Concerning refugees originating from conflict areas, the IW Cologne focuses on sustainable integration. "In the past, refugees often did not have the possibility of quickly learning the German language, gaining further education, and participating in the labour market in a timely manner. Thus, they were significantly disadvantaged compared to other immigrants", says IW researcher Wido Geis. This situation should not be repeated. Therefore, the IW Cologne pleads for allowing asylum seekers to participate in the integration courses after three months in Germany – and not only after the asylum procedure is concluded.

Share this article:

or copy the following link:

The link was added to your clipboard!

More on the topic

Read the article
The Need for Skilled Labour in an Era of Digital Transformation
Jasmina Kirchhoff / Lydia Malin / Simon Schumacher IW-Trends No. 2 24. June 2022

Pharmaceuticals in Transition: The Need for Skilled Labour in an Era of Digital Transformation

The shortage of skilled workers is increasingly confronting companies in Germany with major challenges. In view of the demographic and transformational tasks, there is a considerable danger that this situation will exacerbate.

IW

Read the article
Michaela Evans / Jessica Kemper / Alexander Kucharski / Susanne Seyda / Helen Hickmann / Sarah Pierenkemper IW-Report No. 15 8. April 2022

Design paths and design practices of digitalisation in elderly care in NRW

The project "Digitalisation and Work Design in Elderly Care" focuses on company design paths and design practices of digitalisation.

IW

More about this topic

Content element with id 8880 Content element with id 9713