Union hopes refugees will revive manual labour sector in Germany

An association for skilled labour in Germany is looking to the country's growing number of refugees to fill gaps in the sector, an industry expert told local media on Saturday.

"Most are young and highly motivated," Hans Peter Wollseifer, president of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), told the daily Passauer Neue Presse, describing the 1-million-plus people who have applied for asylum in Germany in the past year.

Wollseifer said the organization would train qualified individuals who are likely to be granted the right to stay.

Integrating refugees into the sector would in turn benefit the German economy by increasing tax revenues and consumer spending, he said.

The ZDH is facing a lack of young talent and a reported 40 per cent of businesses struggle to fill new positions.

Last update: Sat, 02/01/2016 - 15:21

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