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
In psychology, the result of
intelligence test is a reliable gauge for career success and work
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
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