At the 23rd symposium of the Society for Applied Business Psychology held in Berlin, business psychologist Bruno Klauk from the Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode reported that the culture fair test scores of migrants in Germany are the same as lower secondary level students.
Based on a random sample of more than 500 volunteer asylum seekers, Klauk calculated an average intelligence quotient of 90 – which is only slightly higher than the German Hauptschule.
Immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa obtained low levels while those from Eastern Europe got better scores than others.
In psychology, the result of intelligence test is a reliable gauge for career success and work performance.
Based on the data presented by Klauk, migrants are not capable of meeting the skill level required in the labor market in Germany.
When Germany opened its doors to asylum seekers, employers expected people with impressive educational attainment comparable to German degrees.
However, majority of those who arrived and remained in Germany are unskilled and not fluent in English or German.
Many migrants found it difficult to undergo the dual apprenticeship system whereby unskilled refugees must undergo on the job training and take formal classes.
They opted to look for jobs that do not require qualification to earn money faster thus, preventing them from improving their skills.
According to a study released last month, Germany needs at least 260,000 new migrant workers per year until 2060 in order to meet labor shortages caused by demographic decline.
From that estimated figure, 146,000 people must come from non- EU member states.
Due to an aging population, it is predicted that by 2060 the labor force will shrink by a third so it is necessary to address the shortage now to avoid devastating consequences on the world’s fourth largest economy.
The government has already approved a revised immigration law that was drafted late last year in order to meet the labor demand.
The results of the study recommend that Germany needs to immediately implement new immigration law in order to attract medium and high-skilled workers and develop more progressive integration programs.