Germany has improved access of asylum seekers to the labour market. For example
labour market testing has been abolished for some asylum seekers, integration and
language courses have been opened to them and measures to assess qualifications and
to improve skills have been introduced.
However, most asylum-seekers can only be
employed in the first 15 months after requesting asylum if no suitable EU national is
available to take the post. This also applies to asylum-seekers with a high probability of
staying in Germany durably. Moreover, a waiting period of 15 months applies for
employment by a temporary work agency with exemptions only for high-skilled and
shortage occupations. These barriers should be lowered.