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Work or go home: German opposition urges deportation for unemployed Ukrainian refugees

23 June, 2024 Sunday
15:05

Alexander Dobrindt, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) regional party in the German parliament, has advocated for the deportation of Ukrainian refugees who remain jobless

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This was reported by ZDF.

"More than two years into the conflict, the principle should be clear: find employment in Germany or return to safe areas in Western Ukraine," he urged.

According to Dobrindt, too many people in Germany rely on welfare due to excessive state assistance.

"We need stricter job placement requirements for asylum seekers as part of the integration process. They must have a job offer," the politician explained.

In response, Dobrindt's proposal drew strong criticism from the government coalition. Martin Rosemann, an SPD parliamentary faction labor market expert, described the CSU representative's demand as "populist nonsense," pointing out that many Ukrainian refugees in Germany are single mothers.

"Barriers for Ukrainian refugees entering the workforce include lack of childcare, language skills, and lengthy professional qualification recognition processes," he stressed.

Meanwhile, SPD parliamentary faction deputy leader Dirk Wiese condemned Dobrindt's remarks, suggesting that the CSU should permanently drop the "C" for "Christian" from its name.

"Putin continues bombing across Ukraine. Now Dobrindt wants to send women and children there, some of whom may have lost parents on the front lines," he noted.

  • On May 25, Germany's Interior Minister expressed concerns about the large influx of Ukrainian refugees and proposed their equitable distribution among all European Union states.
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