Refugees in Germany are Often Overqualified

Some 71 percent of refugees in Germany are overqualified for their current work, according to a paper released on this year by the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These figures were based on comparing job requirements for refugees’ current occupations to their actual qualifications.

Refugees are even more overqualified than other groups of immigrants to Germany. They compare to 38 percent of non-E.U. born employees who work in jobs that are below their level of qualifications, and to 30 percent E.U.-born immigrants.

This comes at a time when there is a concern that refugees may be a burden for countries hosting them. The research shows that the opposite is the case. “The refugee crisis is an opportunity to significantly improve the system for [immigration] integration,” according to OECD job market expert Thomas Liebig.

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