Jobs project helps Afghan asylum seeker finds work in 'excellent life' Germany

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 3:57 PM

Presently he spends his days painting, plastering and sanding at a dry construction firm. The 23-year-old is one of thirty-five refugees who have found a work or apprenticeship through a model project running by the Bavarian Industry Organization (VBW) that aims to integrate one hundred twenty migrants into German society via work.

Afghan asylum seeker Yar Mohammad Haiqar can't stop smiling because he'south finally found a work after arriving in Germany nearly three years ago. Presently he spends his days painting, plastering and sanding at a dry construction firm.

The 23-year-old is one of thirty-five refugees who have found a work or apprenticeship through a model project running by the Bavarian Industry Organization (VBW) that aims to integrate one hundred twenty migrants into German society via work.

That'south a tiny no compared to the 1.1 million migrants who arrived in Europe'south largest economy latest year. Germany desperately needs new workers to plug a skilled work shortage caused by partly its ageing pop but it's struggling to deal with the record inflow and many newcomers don't have the training or speech skills the country needs.

"You can have a excellent life in Germany," Haiqar told Reuters. "Presently I've found a work and I discover the work very fascinating and I'd love to stay in this job," he said.

It's not yet clear whether Haiqar, who left his parents and siblings behind in Afghanistan, can stay in Germany and finish his apprenticeship - he's still waiting for a decision on his asylum application.

His employer, Anita Brunner, is helping him deal with all his paperwork and wants to hold him in her firm.

"I think work is one of the best ways to integrate refugees and hold them here," she said.

Bertram Brossardt, managing director of VBW, said it'd not been possible to find one hundred twenty refugees to get portion in the project when it was first set up as originally planned but of the one hundred nine who did join, around thirty % presently had jobs or apprenticeships.

(Writing by Michelle Martin Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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