Migration and the Labor Market - Examples of Pilot Projects
Migration and Inclusion

Migration and the Labor Market - Examples of Pilot Projects

More and more people are coming to Germany in order to escape persecution. Despite the integration work carried out over the past few years, German society still finds itself insufficiently prepared for current developments. In addition to providing asylum seekers and refugees with protection and support, the long-term aim has to be to promote their integration in terms of training schemes and the labor market.

We support various pilot projects that factor in these aspects and utilize the available room to maneuver, with cooperation between institutions just as important as the possibility of applying the work to other contexts and regions.

Over the next few pages, we would like to introduce you to a selection of the projects we support.

Contact at the Foundation

Sara Genc
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-159
Enabling Asylum Seekers in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald District to Obtain Qualifications
Until 2014, asylum seekers were barred from employment for a period of nine months following their arrival in Germany. Although this period has now been reduced to three months, asylum seekers still suffer from inferior access to the labor market thereafter. For the majority of positions, preferential treatment is given to German and EU citizens as well as recognized refugees, which has more or less the same effect as a ban on work. Due to their unemployment, many asylum seekers lack structure and purpose in their day-to-day lives. Although it is necessary to develop new prospects during this period, there is hardly any support available.

In light of rising numbers of asylum seekers, rural areas in particular are facing a raft of new challenges. As a result, the local authorities in Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald have developed a potential solution that sees them working with asylum seekers in the first year after their arrival to open up potential employment, with the aim being to facilitate access to the labor market.

The project makes good use of the period of the de facto employment ban to ascertain the need for vocational and language qualifications. Taking personal circumstances into account, a skills profile is drawn up for each asylum seeker. This profile is then used as a basis for offering group classes such as language courses, courses leading to vocational qualifications, and recreational courses. Any asylum seekers not considered for the available group classes are given volunteer mentors who tailor their support to the needs of the asylum seeker in question.

Asylum seekers are not only given the opportunity to obtain the best possible qualifications, but also receive help in making the transition to an independent lifestyle. The vocational and language qualifications offered promote social integration and the development of medium- and long-term perspectives.


Landratsamt Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald
Ulrich Bosch
Phone: +49 (0)761 2187-2286
Integration Courses for Young People with a Stay of Deportation Cologne-Based Project to Help Teenagers and Adolescents Whose Removal Has Been Suspended
In 2011, Section 25a of the German Residence Act was integrated for the benefit of "well-integrated young people and adolescents." In order for the young people and adolescents concerned to be eligible for a residence permit, this section of the act stipulates that, among other things, they have to have "successfully attended a school in the federal territory for six years or have acquired a recognized vocational qualification or school diploma in Germany." Nevertheless, language skills constitute a key requirement in this area – and young people whose removal has been suspended have no legal entitlement to integration classes. Furthermore, many of them are no longer of compulsory school age, which means they are not picked up by any social support network.

The immigration authorities in Cologne have therefore launched a project for young people and adolescents with a stay of deportation. In the pilot phase, the aim is to help 75 youngsters aged between 16 and 19 improve their prospects of being granted a residence permit in accordance with Section 25a of the German Residence Act. In order to put the project into practice, the immigration authorities are working with providers of language courses, job centers, providers of advisory services, and businesses.

The project itself is split into three phases: Firstly, the immigration authorities determine which young people are eligible for the project and aim to speak to them in person, securing the involvement of guardians and advisory services. The second phase involves attendance at an integration course for young people. Furthermore, the project participants receive advice from youth migration services and complete an internship to give them an insight into the world of work. This phase finishes with a German-language test for migrants. Once they have completed the course, the idea is to find the young people places on the special international courses offered by vocational high schools. These give them an opportunity to obtain a school diploma and move into vocational training.


Dagmar Dahmen
Phone: +49 (0)221 221-2643
Frank Wohlgemuth
Phone: +49 (0)221 221-26848