Businesses promised economic benefits in Germany from an influx of Islamic migrants and that promise was worthless.
NPR published a story about Islamic migrants: “Despite Early Optimism, German Companies Hire Few Refugees.” It shows no interest in investigating where the optimism came from—who might have been lying and why. And it ends on a baselessly optimistic note. But the rest paints a bleak picture.
Many expected that the influx of new arrivals would help Germany’s economy, already the strongest in Europe. Big players in German business were enthusiastic. Dieter Zetsche, the CEO of Daimler, the big car maker, predicted a new “economic miracle.” Frank Appel, the CEO of Deutsche Post, the huge courier company, praised the additional value for the labor market that the refugees would bring.
Germany, like most every country in Europe, has an aging workforce and a low birthrate and needs more young workers in the years to come.
But the miracle hasn’t happened. The easy entrance to the German labor market was overestimated, especially for Syrian refugees, says Wido Geis of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. The challenges include language skills, education, training and Germany’s own bureaucracy.
You can get a taste of the problems with getting employed in Germany by watching this video designed to help refugees who know English better than German.
As far as I can tell, the video is not meant to be satire. If you were an immigrant from a third-world country, this video would indicate to you that it is quite unlikely you will find a job until years have passed.
One out of three German companies says it plans to hire refugees this year or next. But only 7 percent of all German firms have actually done so in the last 24 months, according to the Institute for Economic Studies in Munich, which polled managers earlier this year.
And a grand total of 54 refugees have managed to find employment with the country’s biggest 30 companies, according to a survey in June by the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Fifty of them are employed by Deutsche Post.
While small- and medium-sized companies have made efforts to bring in refugee employees, Germany’s biggest economic players have not done enough, says economy minister Sigmar Gabriel. In July, he wrote to 30 Frankfurt stock exchange companies, urging them to hire more refugees.
“Without you,” he wrote, “the bridge is not yet complete.”
That is an interesting way of putting it. If raises the question of why Angela Merkel and her handlers thought it was good to induce a horde of people to travel by a bridge that wasn’t competed yet.
Yet Merkel refuses to back down on her policy despite mass sexual assaults, acts of terrorism, and other crimes.
What is her goal? NPR claims it is all an unforeseen difficulty that will be rectified. That’s crazy.
And Americans have reason to wonder at the politicians and business leaders who claim that open borders are the key to our nation’s economic growth. Why should we expect better results here?