Retrospect: Trainings on the basics and current topics of labour market integration

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From October 2023 to January 2024, the WelcomeCenter Saxony-Anhalt offered various training courses on the basics and current topics of labour market integration to support regional full-time and voluntary actors and all other interested parties. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the legal basics, receive up-to-date background information and discuss regional challenges with other actors.

The training sessions were held online via Teams and covered the following topics:

  • Introduction to the legal basis and labour market access for refugees
  • Training toleration
  • Skilled Immigration Act
  • EU citizens
  • Opportunity Residence Act

The training courses were organised by the European Training Centre for Work and Society (Europäisches Bildungswerk für Beruf und Gesellschaft). In total, over 200 people took part in the training sessions.

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The individual modules in detail:

Introduction to the legal basis and labour market access for refugees

In this module of our training series, we provided an overview of the legal basis and labour market access for refugees. This included the asylum procedure, the various residence statuses and topics such as family reunification and residence regulations.

Training toleration

The training toleration (Ausbildungsduldung) is a special type of tolerated stay permit that requires the completion of at least two years of training. The training dealt with the prerequisites, duration of validity, application procedure and other aspects of the training toleration.

Skilled Immigration Act

The Skilled Immigration Act (Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz), the first version of which has been in force since 2020, makes it easier for qualified specialists with vocational training or academic degrees and people with practical professional knowledge to immigrate to Germany. The first changes came into force in 2023 and are intended to further simplify the recruitment of employees from abroad. Among other things, the training explained how the process works under different conditions and what is meant by the fast-track procedure for qualified specialists.

EU citizens

EU citizens enjoy many freedoms and comprehensive protection: personal, civil, political, economic and social rights, protection of personal data and protection against discrimination, as well as freedom of movement without border controls in most EU countries. All EU citizens have the right to enter the member states of the EU, the EEA (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland without a visa. EU citizens also have the right to reside and work in other countries with virtually no restrictions and without special authorisation (cf. How this works in detail and what exceptions there are was explained in this training course.

Opportunity Residence Act

The new Opportunity Residence Act (Chancenaufenthaltsgesetz) came into force on 31 December 2022. The Opportunity Residence Right is a residence permit for 18 months. The training explained in detail which requirements apply for an application.