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Top companies reject Germany's refugees

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>> German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open door refugee policy saw around a million migrants arrive in Germany last year. But less than 100 of them have been hired by Germany's blue-chip companies and Merkel is now demanding answers. She'll meet with some of the biggest companies in Germany here tonight.
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I'm Michelle Martin in Berlin. This time a year ago when refugees were arriving here in large numbers, there was a lot of optimism about how they might be able to help Germany solve its skilled labor shortage. That problem is caused partly by an aging population and Merkel herself has said that some refugees might have good chances of getting employed in the skilled crafts and trades sector.
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Reuters did a survey of 30 companies listed on the DAX stock market index and found that between them they had only hired 63 refugees. The mood towards migrants have soured significantly since they've started arriving in large numbers around a year ago. That's not been helped by the fact that three violent attacks were carried out on civilians by asylum seekers.
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Support for the Anti Immigrant Alternative for Germany Party has also risen. And that party did very well in a recent election in an eastern state. If migrants are found not to be able to get jobs, that's only likely to add to the deteriorating mood towards them.