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Integration of refugees within education, training and professional life

The refugee immigration will clearly impact on the market for education, training and employment. In many areas, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training is addressing how integration of refugees in both initial and continuing education and training and in professional life might be achieved and is providing practical information as well as data.

Main thematic focuses


Career orientation, pre-vocational training and the transfer of young refugees into vocational education and training

Young refugees want to be able to demonstrate their abilities on the German job market. To do this they need vocational education and training which will provide them with a vocational qualification. Assisting young refugees in gaining access to education and training will present a major challenge in terms of career orientation and pre vocational Training.


Access to work and occupation

Many refugees have acquired vocational competences in their home countries which they might be able to use or develop in Germany. The questions surrounding vocational education and training and employment of refugees relate primarily to legal options and provision of support.


Organisation of initial and continuing vocational education and training

Initial and continuing education and training will play a key role in the successful integration and inclusion of refugees in the job market. However, the job market requirements are as varied as the groups of people themselves. Each refugee has their own personal history with their different capabilities, experiences and expectations.

New articles

How can refugees be successfully integrated into training?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

How can refugees be successfully integrated into training?

With a view to consulting on possible solution strategies, experts from the fields of academic research, practice and policy making spent a day discussing the current challenges which exist with regard to making vocational education and training provision available to refugees.

Practical experience and individual support ease the way into training for refugees

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Practical experience and individual support ease the way into training for refugees

Applicants from a refugee background are more likely to make the transition into company-based training if they receive support and assistance from mentors in the course of their search for a training position. These are the findings of a survey conducted by BIBB and Federal Employment Agency (BA).

VET – the key to integration

Thursday, November 16, 2017

VET – the key to integration

Improving the integration of refugees in Germany in future by means of vocational education and training will be critically dependent on providing individually-tailored training programmes of the right quality and in the right amounts. These are some of the key findings from a new analysis by BIBB.

BWP 4/2017: Focus on trainees

Thursday, August 03, 2017

BWP 4/2017: Focus on trainees

Trainees are the focus of the BWP edition published for the start of the new training year. This issue presents suggestions and new ideas for addressing the target group as well as for the organisation of training.

BIBB analysis: Chances for young migrants continue to fall

Friday, May 19, 2017

BIBB analysis: Chances for young migrants continue to fall

During the period from 2004 to 2016, young migrants were significantly less successful in securing a training place than young people not from a migrant background. Last year, progression rates fell back to the very low level experienced in 2004.