Integration Officer and Federal Employment Agency:

'Powerfully expediting integration at work'   

28 Jan 2019 | Press Release No. 6

With a cooperation agreement signed on January 28, 2019, the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, State Minister Annette Widmann-Mauz and Detlef Scheele, Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), want to further expedite the labour market integration of migrants.

State Minister Annette Widmann-Mauz stated, 'Work is a key to integration and helps to establish a foothold in society. With the cooperation agreement, we want to vigorously expedite integration in and through work, together. Because if all people can fully realise their potential, that benefits the individual, as well as the entire society.'

Detlef Scheele, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), said: 'The economic success of Germany also depends on its ability to tap into the full potential of skilled labour in our country. That people with foreign roots who live here also belong to this community, is self-explanatory. Above all, we want to provide young migrants and their parents with better information, pieces of advice and support on their journey from school to work. This first threshold is crucially important for a successful career history.'

For the first time, the cooperation agreement establishes a long-term cooperation between the BA and the Integration Officer, with the aim of increasing the participation opportunities of migrants in the labour market and reducing the risks of discrimination. The cooperation agreement thus ties in with the existing cooperation with the Body of Equal Treatment of EU-Workers, which is under the supervision of the Integration Officer, and the BA.

The agreement is meant to help seize the opportunities for successful integration by giving migrants access to the education and employment market, according to their abilities and inclinations. The integration of women with a migrant background into the education- and employment market should be particularly promoted, in order to counter possible disadvantages. The cooperation focuses on the following fields of action: Support for migrants during the transition from school to work; collaboration with the Body of Equal Treatment of EU-Workers; collaboration in addressing immigrants via social media and other media channels, among others, via the 'Handbook Germany' platform, which is sponsored by the Integration Officer; and the scientific cooperation, perhaps with the aim of providing each-other with relevant information from migration and integration research.

The signing of the cooperation agreement will take place on the occasion of the opening of the '4. Job Exchange for Refugees and Foreign Job-seekers' at Hotel Estrel in Berlin, for which Widmann-Mauz and Scheele jointly took over the patronage.

The 'Job Exchange for Refugees and Foreign Job-seekers' takes place each year, organised by the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and Hotel Estrel. With around 180 exhibitors, it is the largest job exchange in Europe, for this target group.


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