Germany puts refugees to work … for one euro

Source. The Local

Germany puts refugees to work ... for one euro

File photo of refugees serving food at emergency accommodation. Photo: Britta Pederson/picture alliance/DPA

With a spoon and spatula in hand, Zaid, a 23-year-old Iraqi refugee, lifts the lid on a large pot filled with goulash and potatoes as he begins his shift.

From 6:30 to 8 pm, he is employed by the city of Berlin to dish out dinner to 152 other Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan and Moldovan refugees in a sports hall, which had been turned into an emergency shelter for the newcomers.

Zaid is one of thousands of refugees who have taken on tasks ranging from repairing bicycles to pruning plants to cleaning sidewalks for pay of just over one euro ($1.1) an hour.

The so-called “one-euro jobs” have been touted as a springboard for the newcomers into Germany’s job market, but experts remain unconvinced of their effectiveness.

At the sports gym, Zaid tries to explain to the sceptical faces crowded in front of him what went into the beef stew that he described as “so German”.

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