The best places for migrant employment in Germany

The best places for migrant employment in Germany

The best places for migrant employment in Germany

New data on the success of individual federal states, collected by the Council of Migration, a group of around 150 migration researchers from different disciplines, has revealed where the best (and worst) places for migrants to find employment in Germany are. The integration of migrants into the labour market is most successful in the south.

Bavaria: Champions of migrant employment

The figures show that the state of Bavaria has the highest level of migrant integration into the labour market. Of those that are of working age, almost 60 percent of migrants in Bavaria are working a job that is subject to social security contributions. In Baden-Württemberg, around 56 percent of migrants of working age have a job.

This puts both of these states well above the average migrant employment rate in Germany, which currently stands at 49,8 percent. Migrants in the south of Germany tend to benefit from the strong demand for labour - the unemployment rate in the southern states is well below the national average.

Bremen and Saxony fall short

Such high rates of migrant employment are not enjoyed throughout the country. In Saxony, only 40,1 of working-age migrants are employed, which is in stark contrast to the employment rate among Germans, which stands at 67 percent. Only Bremen has a lower rate of migrant employment, at 39,8 percent.

Researchers found that the integration of migrants into the labour market is much lower in the eastern states. However, some western states do have a particularly poor migrant employment rate, such as SaarlandRhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Refugee workers

One possible reason for the lower rate of migrant employment in eastern Germany is the fact that many migrants coming into Germany from the east are refugees. Herbert Brücker, the migration researcher from the Institute of Employment Research (IAB), points out, “Of all places where unemployment is above average, an above-average number of those seeking protection have settled.”

His criticism is backed up by the fact that Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria take in relatively fewer refugees than the other federal states. "Refugees generally have greater difficulties in integrating into the labour market, and the current residence requirement exacerbates the problem because they are often held in structurally weak rural districts and cities," explained Brücker.

In contrast, since EU citizens can live freely within the country, they are more likely to move to the more prosperous states and are able to integrate into the labour market there with little to no problems.

William Nehra


William Nehra

William studied a masters in Classics at the University of Amsterdam. He is a big fan of Ancient History and football, particularly his beloved Watford FC.

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