Refugees and non-EU foreign nationals in the Saxon labour market

The Saxon labour market is characterised by an ever-higher number of refugees and non-EU foreign nationals in employment. This development strengthens the competitiveness of Saxon businesses and increases the attractiveness of Saxony for foreign investors

Nevertheless, new challenges are emerging, as refugees and non-EU foreign nationals often know little about German labour law. They tend to receive their information from their own, ill-informed networks.

At the same time the residency status of foreign workers produces more paperwork, which represents a significant obstacle for small and medium-sized enterprises wanting to hire refugees. As a partner of Leipzig’s Expert Information Centre on Immigration, “Fair Integration” represents an attempt to tackle these challenges by providing additional coaching services.

Our organization ARBEIT UND LEBEN Sachsen already implements several projects aiming for the successful integration of migrants into the labour market. “Fair Integration” can therefore rely on a wide array of experience and numerous network partners.

Services for refugees and non-EU foreign nationals

We provide refugees and non-EU foreign nationals with well-founded information regarding questions on work and vocational training in Germany. Coaching services may be offered on questions including:

  • German labour law, e.g. regarding work contracts, holidays, overtime, insurance and pregnancy
  • Counselling services in Germany
  • Qualifications and adult education

Individual coaching sessions may be held in English, German and French, as well as Arabic, Persian and Pashto on request. We also offer seminars on German labour and residency law for refugees, non-EU foreign nationals and network partners.

Services for businesses

We provide information for small and medium-sized enterprises wanting to hire refugees or non-EU foreign nationals. We help these businesses with questions including:

  • Residency law, e.g. residency regulations during vocational training
  • Avoiding dismissal
  • Conflict management at work or during vocational training
  • Evaluation of foreign diplomas

Coaching sessions may be held at the businesses themselves and during seminars at the Expert Information Centre on Immigration.

“Fair Integration” as part of the Saxon IQ network

The German federal government’s funding programme “Integration through Qualification” (IQ) aims at improving adult migrants’ chances of finding suitable employment. Regional networks are supported by specialist units on issues regarding migration.

The Saxon IQ network is coordinated by EXIS Europa and includes more than 20 projects dealing with:

  • Coaching on accreditation of foreign diplomas
  • Coaching on acquiring work-related qualifications
  • Development of intercultural competences


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Arbeitsmarktmentoren Dresden

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Arbeitsmarktmentoren Leipzig

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Faire Integration

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Beratungsstelle Faire Integration im IQ Netzwerk Sachsen

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Im Rahmen der Projektarbeit entwickelt ARBEIT UND LEBEN Sachsen immer wieder innovative Konzepte um Menschen zu befähigen, ihre jeweiligen Arbeits- und Lebensverhältnisse bewusster und kompetenter zu gestalten.

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