Migrants in Germany disadvantaged in education, employment and housing

Photo credit: Getty Images. Refugees wait for food at a temporary tent city in Dresden, Germany.

TMP – 28/11/2017

A recent report by the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has found that people with a migration background remain at a major disadvantage in terms of education, employment and income compared to native Germans.

Destatis conducts regular reporting on integration and found that the differences between persons with and without a migration background have mostly remained unchanged since 2005, with those with a migration background remaining significantly worse off than those without one.

The study revealed that the proportion of young migrants between 18 and 25 years of age without a school leaving certificate has risen from almost 11 percent in 2005 to 12 percent in 2016. For native Germans, the figure remained at around four percent.

The report also revealed that those with a migration background have significantly less access to the labour market than those without a migration background.

Although the country’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest since 1990, the rate of unemployed people with a migrant background is over twice that of native Germans.

With fewer opportunities for gainful employment, even the so-called ‘working poor’ migrants are suffering financially, with 13 percent at real risk of slipping into poverty.

Meanwhile, another study published by the country’s federal working group for homeless persons’ assistance found that the number of homeless people in the country has grown exponentially from around 335,000 in 2014 to 860,000 in 2016. Of these, more than half (440,000) are refugees.