Refugee job fair aims to help fill Germany’s employment gaps

How easy is it for refugees to integrate into German society and find work? We attended a job fair in Neukölln to hear stories from some of Berlin’s newest job seekers.


Representatives from nearly 200 employers, large and small, brought more than 3,000 jobs that need filling to the Estrel Hotel in Neukölln. The goal is to find refugees who either have, or can gain, the skills needed to meet some of Germany’s employment needs. The job fair was held on Jan. 28 for the fourth year running.

We visited the fair and spoke to some hopeful applicants, as well as Neukölln’s District Mayor, Martin Hikel, and Annette Widmann-Mauz, Germany’s Federal Minister for Migration, Refugees and Integration about some of the particular challenges.

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