Angela Merkel urges company chiefs to hire more refugees to reduce the number relying on German state handouts

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From Daily Mail: Angela Merkel has invited big company executives to attend a summit next month where she will urge them to hire more refugees.

More than one million migrants flooded into Germany last year, and the government wants to get as many as possible into the job market. This will reduce their dependence on the state and compensate for labour shortages as the workforce ages.

Merkel will push reluctant German companies to offer more traineeships and positions to refugees, the newspaper Bild reported.

Large companies have been criticized for doing little to help integrate the refugees into the thriving job market. Companies say most of the new arrivals lack the German language skills and the education required for a job.

Engineering giant Siemens, chemicals group Evonik , carmakers Opel and VW and utility RWE will share with Merkel…

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