Jobs for Refugees in Germany

Integrating & Including

  • 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 10 Reduced Inequalities

Turning crisis into opportunity

A well-paying job can make a huge difference in anyone’s life—and all the more so for those who have lost everything. That’s why we’re proud that, in 2017, ManpowerGroup Germany found employment for 966 refugees from seven civil war countries, more than triple the amount placed in 2016, when 319 were employed. And by August of 2018, we’ve already placed another 1,243 into meaningful work. Whatever circumstances led them to flee their homes, refugees all share a hope of finding safety and stability—and employment helps make it possible.

"Willkommene Flüchtlinge"

Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea… each year, more and more people flee their countries in hope of finding opportunity elsewhere. That’s why it’s vital—for humanitarian and economic reasons alike—that these refugees are able to find meaningful employment in their new countries. ManpowerGroup Germany has opened 12 “Welcome Center” branches, providing refugees with the training and resources they need to transition into the local workforce. We’re doing this by focusing on three key steps to integration:

Building Expertise. Language skills, trade skills and occupational qualifications are all needed if the person is to find meaningful employment.

Cultural Integration. Understanding and overcoming cultural differences can be a delicate subject, and must be embraced by all parties involved—employers and employees alike.

Skills Focus. Germany may just be the first stop in their journey, so a focus on developing skills that are in demand across Europe helps people stay relevant and employable wherever they make their new home.

  • 2,200+
    Refugees found employment through ManpowerGroup Germany in the last 3 years
“In Syria, I had been a self-employed welder with my own business. But when the war started, I had to flee with my wife and two sons. I spoke no German and couldn’t find work. I had no paperwork and felt like my qualifications from Syria meant nothing.

ManpowerGroup treated me the same as they would anyone from Germany or England. They wanted to know what my skills were and what I could do and looked beyond my nationality. To them, it didn’t matter where I came from. Manpower found me a job as a welder and I have been with the company ever since.

My priority has always been the security of my two sons.When I left Syria, I had lost everything. The only thing I kept was my dream to have a good life with my family.” — Jack Murad, Syrian refugee, father and welder

Learn more about how we’re building diversity in the workforce.

  • 4 Quality Education
  • 5 Gender Equality
  • 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 10 Reduced Inequalities
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