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Job fair offers work for refugees and migrants

Berlin, 22 September 2016. On 25 January 2017, the Estrel Berlin will host its second job fair for refugees and migrants. The first fair, which offered more than 1,000 positions to job seekers this past February, was a successful event attended by 5,000 participants and 211 exhibitors. "The response from both job seekers and employers was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to collaborating again with Berlin’s business community to create a platform for integrating work and vocational training. We see it as our social responsibility to ensure a successful future economy and peaceful coexistence," says Ekkehard Streletzki, initiator of the largest event of this kind in Germany and owner of the Estrel Berlin.
At the beginning of September, President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck praised the job fair’s success at an event hosted by the initiative "Wir zusammen" (united together). "Wir zusammen" is comprised of more than 100 engaged enterprises, all sharing the common goal of giving immigrants positive prospects for life in Germany through integration in the job market.
The upcoming job fair at the Estrel Berlin in January 2017 will once again be held in partnership with the Agentur für Arbeit Berlin Süd (employment agency for the southern Berlin region) and Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. Its goal is to bring refugees and migrants with work permission into dialogue with companies and educational institutions. Fair attendees can learn about vocational training and job opportunities, as well as Germany's structural systems for pursuing employment or continuing education. "Many migrants and refugees have great employment potential, which in turn, is in high demand by many companies in the Berlin-Brandenburg area. It is our responsibility to bring both of these sides together and support as many refugees as possible, who have a serious intention of staying in Germany, in finding employment" says Mario Lehwald, Deputy General Manager of the Berliner Jobcenter and Arbeitsagenturen and adds: "This is why the Berlin Jobcenter and Arbeitsagenturen will also participate in the 2017 Job Fair with its own stands and multilingual team on site." Andrea Joras, Managing Director of Berlin Partner of Economics and Technology, adds: "The job fair is a successful example of the strong commitment of the Berlin corporate community to promote the integration of migrants and refugees through employment."
This year’s event will emphasize practical introductions to jobs in the hospitality, health and trade industries. Thanks to cooperation with the Agentur für Arbeit Berlin Süd and many other organisations, questions regarding legal obligations and the recognition of qualifications and certificates can be answered directly at the fair. Companies wishing to offer entry opportunities or open positions to refugees and migrants can find more information at
Job fair for refugees and migrants
Wednesday, 25 January from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Estrel Hotel Berlin, Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany
More information at