German Social Worker Talks on Syrian Refugees 01

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Joachim Rueffer is a social worker at the Berlin-based association Kommt Mit e V. He explains that a great part of the Syrian refugees arriving in Berlin and Germany are doctors, engineers, teachers, and skilled workers. Those people are in some cases forced to live in public gyms used by the Berlin administration to cope with the high influx of asylum seekers arriving in the German capital. The German authorities do not automatically recognized Syrian asylum seekers’ qualifications, and long bureaucratic procedures postpone the access to the job market by years. A waterlogged real estate market in Berlin also makes it hard to find a flat at a cost that the social welfare office is willing to sustain. Syrian refugees make up by far the largest foreign group asking for asylum in Germany.


  1. Medium shot
  2. Interview with the social worker


  1. soundbite (German )
    Joachim Rueffer , Social worker : There is a great part of skilled (people) among (Syrian) asylum seekers, for example prominent is the group of Syrian doctors, there are many Syrian doctors that have escaped to Germany, there are also teachers , engineers, there are social workers and teachers, also engineers, in that respect qualifications are good, however they need a long process of adjustment towards qualifications or recognition process: formal qualifications taken in Syria have to be validated first here by different centers, It is a process that imposes to the person to still do a specific second qualification.