Help actively supports the integration of refugees in Germany. Our “Welcome Guides” provide information on German language courses, internships and apprenticeships. We also advise companies and businesses who are thinking of offering a refugee a job.
Integration through education
“For us as a business, it is getting more and more difficult to find skilled workers, so with Help’s assistance, we looked for a new employee among the refugee community. Things have worked out really well for EcoVisio with our new colleague Mehdi. With Help, we always had a point of contact, which made everything much easier.” Martin Jung, Managing Director of EcoVisio
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What is the situation like in Germany?
“Refugees welcome!” – But what happens after they arrive?
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) recorded 222,683 asylum applications in 2017. Most of the refugees come from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria. A total of 63,972 applications were made between January and April 2018.
The commitment to helping refugees is overwhelming in Germany. But the large numbers of new arrivals is a challenge for municipalities, full-time support workers and volunteer helpers and for integration initiatives.
In addition to providing suitable accommodation, advice, education and integration in German society are very important. Above all, learning German is a crucial factor in helping our new fellow citizens succeed in the next steps in their education and their professional lives.
How is Help helping in Germany?
Supporting refugees and promoting integration together
In collaboration with a number of associations, Help is opening up opportunities for integration through education. True to our principle of “assistance towards self-reliance”, we support refugees so that they can cope with everyday life on their own as quickly as possible and achieve independence through employment in the long term. Our work at a glance:
- Improving German language skills
- Advising companies and businesses on integration
- Checking job applications
- Helping refugees to prepare job applications
- Building a library/media centre with access to electronic educational programmes and online recruitment portals
- Fostering a welcoming culture
- Providing leisure activities
Donors and partners: Abenteuer Lernen e.V., ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft), AsA e.V., Bad Bevensen inklusiv e.V., Bildungswerk interKultur, BIM e.V., Flüchtlingshilfe Bornheim, Helferkreis Flüchtlinge Dinkelsbühl, Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, Migrafrica, VJAAD e.V., Mimikri e.V., Zurück in die Zukunft e.V.
Facts and Figures
- 222,683 asylum applications were recorded in 2017
- 63,972 asylum applications were made between January and April 2018 (initial and follow-up applications)
- The main countries of origin (January–April 2018) are:
- Syria (14,296 initial applications)
- Iraq (5,829 initial applications)
- Nigeria (3,772 initial applications)
- Asylum applications by German federal states (January–April 2018, top 5):
- 13,054 North Rhine-Westphalia
- 7,711 Bavaria
- 5,984 Lower Saxony
- 5,961 Baden-Württemberg
- 4,444 Hessen
Help has been supporting refugee initiatives and associations, and assisting companies with the integration of refugees in Germany since 2015:
- Advised 224 refugees from 24 countries
- Helped place 20 refugees in internships
- Helped place 7 refugees on training programmes or in permanent jobs
- Found language courses for 34 refugees