Germany’s largest companies will have to explain to Chancellor Angela Merkel that the reason they have hired fewer than 100 Muslim migrants posing as ‘refugees’ after more than a million of them invaded the country last year, is because they are unqualified and/or unwilling to do any of the jobs available.
(Gee, so does this mean Bill Clinton will have to explain to the American people why he lied when he said a large Syrian Muslim migrant workforce would help rebuild the decaying city of Detroit?)
Reuters Merkel, fighting for her political life over her open-door policy, has summoned the bosses of some of Germany’s biggest companies to Berlin to account for their lack of action and exchange ideas about how they can do better. (Doing better means not hiring any)
Many of the companies say a lack of German-language skills, the inability of most refugees to prove any qualifications, and uncertainty about their permission to stay in the country mean there is little they can do in the short term.
A survey by Reuters of the 30 companies in Germany’s DAX stock market index found they could point to just 63 refugee hires in total. Several of the 26 firms who responded said they considered it discriminatory to ask about applicants’ migration history, so they did not know whether they employed refugees or how many.
Of the 63 hires, 50 are employed by Deutsche Post DHL, which said it applied a “pragmatic approach” and deployed the unqualified for anything Muslims to sort and deliver letters and parcels.
“Given that around 80 percent of Muslim invaders are not qualified and may not yet have a level of German proficiency, we have primarily offered jobs that do not require technical skills or a considerable amount of interaction in German,” a spokesman said by email.
What is clear is that early optimism that the wave of migrants could boost economic growth and help ease a skills shortage in Germany – where the working-age population is projected to shrink by 6 million people by 2030 – is evaporating rapidly.
“The employment of Muslim migrants is no solution for the skills shortage,” industrial group Thyssenkrupp’s Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger said during a visit by the German president earlier this month.
Most large German companies, especially those in manufacturing, prefer to hire through structured apprenticeship programs, in which they train young people for up to four years for highly skilled and sometimes company-specific jobs. But the recent arrivals from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere are mainly ill-prepared for any such training, they say.
Two Syrian interns whom Reuters visited at a Siemens power-plant construction site in April applied for apprenticeships but were turned down because they could not sufficiently prove their school-leaving qualifications. One is now doing temporary work in IT and the other is taking further German classes.
Others among Germany’s top listed companies, mainly in the financial or airline sectors, say it is practically impossible for them to take on refugees at all. They cite regulatory reasons such as the need for detailed background checks on staff, which is virtually impossible for any of these Muslim invaders.
About 346,000 people with approved asylum status were unemployed in Germany in August, according to the latest figures from the German Labor Office, up from 322,000 in July and 297,000 in June, the first month for which it published such statistics.
Despite the grim employment statistics for Muslim invaders, with thousands more arriving everyday, Angela Merkel insists “We can do this.” Apparently, Angela, you can’t.