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Merkel wants Germany to get refugees into workforce faster

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Staff Writer | September 15, 2016
Chancellor Angela Merkel has reported that Germany is today managing the refugee crisis far better than it was only a year ago. But, she conceded, a lot of work still lies ahead.
Angela Merkel
Migrants   Liberty, security, justice, solidarity
"Liberty, security, justice, solidarity" – these are the values for which the German government is working, in order to give the people in Germany genuine prospects, declared Chancellor Angela Merkel during the budget debate in the German Bundestag.

The 2017 budget is a budget that will shape the future, and provide answers to the problems of our time – but without any new borrowing. The Chancellor stressed that the German government will be spending more for everybody in Germany, not only for refugees.

Angela Merkel began by thanking the huge numbers of full-time helpers and volunteers. "Many many people have become involved and many of them have excelled themselves."

Germany is in a much better position than it was at the peak of the refugee crisis one year ago, said the Chancellor. Rules and regulations have been revised, processes reconsidered, decisions made more swiftly.

"We have now reached a point where refugee movements in Germany are orderly and properly managed," said Angela Merkel. The number of refugees arriving in Germany has dropped significantly. "And we are still meeting our humanitarian responsibilities at national and international level," she underlined.