Leipzig Fraunhofer expert works with employers and industry as part of Federal Employment Agency "Integration of Refugees" task force

On January 26th, 2016, JProf. Tobias Dauth, unit head at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy in Leipzig, participated in the inaugural meeting of the the "Integration of Refugees" task force as a Fraunhofer expert. Also present at the meeting, which took place at the Federal Employment Agency (BA) headquarters, were representatives from the BA, the Federation of German Industries (BDI ) and the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA). Integration of refugees is an important issue concerning companies, industry, the economy and research organizations. The goal is to provide adequate integration offers to the many asylum seekers arriving in Germany, as well as to answer the question of how displaced people can become well integrated into both the labor market and society. The BA, BDI and BDA have teamed up with a number of large companies to form the task force. In the first session, discussion was dedicated to the subjects of skills assessment and social commitment. JProf. Dauth, director of the Regional Positioning and Location Development unit at the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center, will coordinate accompanying research undertaken by the Fraunhofer institutes to help reinforce integration of refugees within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Here, besides the mediation of language and technical skills through online platforms, focus will also be placed on economic-organizational integration management and the allocation of micro-credit to refugees.