The president of the Association of German Employers, Ingo Kramer, said that the integration of refugees in the labor market is progressing much better than many expected after the massive arrival of asylum seekers in 2015.
"Time has given the chance to Chancellor Angela Merkel when she said we would achieve it," Kramer told the Augsburger Zeitung newspaper.
Merkel's phrase – "We will succeed" – is often used contemptuously by critics of the opening of borders in 2015 and especially by the extreme right.
Of the more than one million refugees who have arrived in Germany since 2015, about 400,000, according to Kramer, have a job or are learning a trade.
Most young immigrants, in addition, learn German very quickly and after a year they can continue without problems the classes in vocational schools.
"Many refugees have become a positive factor for the German economy," Kramer said.
In view of the figures, Kramer asked to take up the issue of immigration without prejudice and without fear.
"We should not be afraid of immigration, but we should see the people who want to come to our country and work with us as something that enriches us," said the president of the employer's association.
Most medium-sized companies are looking for personnel in the midst of labor shortages and are now hopeful that the government will pass an immigration law that makes it easier to hire foreign workers.
"If we do not succeed in attracting skilled workers from abroad in the future, Germany is in danger of having an economic crisis like in the 1990s," warned Kramer.
In such a case it would be necessary again a politician like former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder with his program of reforms that, according to Kramer, were "a blessing for the German economy."