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>> This is Syrian refugee, Mohammed Castantin's second day of work, making horsehair mattresses for a luxury retailer in Berlin. One of hundreds of thousands of migrants who found jobs after arriving in Germany, but also quickly found themselves becoming a political and election issue. Germany's election is just a week away, and with the anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland party expected to win their first seats in National Parliament, the integration of migrants is a key issue.
But for Mohammed, all this is a world away from the home he fled in Syria's capital, Damascus, two years ago.>> More than once there were explosions next to my car. My wife and kids were with me. And more than once there were clashes in front of us.
>> Mohammed has benefited not only from Germany's open door policy to refugees, but also its efforts to find them employment. Germany has a record 1.1 million unfilled jobs. But the German government has a strategy in place, aimed at getting migrants off welfare and into the workplace.>> They are giving you time to learn the language and they are supporting you to do what you want to do.
The ball is in your court. Of course there are people in the society who don't accept us, but the won't accept anyone.>> But Mohammed's boss, Daniel here, says this is not only about charity.>> For me it's very inspiring working with Mohammed everyday. It's for both sides a good thing.
So I'm offering a job and someone helps me out to go more into business as well.>> Daniel found Mohammed through a workshop he set up earlier this year, as a part of the Wir-Zusammen, or We-together, initiative. More than 200 businesses providing employment-related schemes for migrants, set up by Internet billionaire, Ralph Dommermuth.
>> There's a discussion in Germany about migration. And we as businesses are part of that community. And we're not allowed to leave that discussion to the AFD and PEGIDA.>> Voters say maintaining the strength of the German economy and integrating more than a million migrants who have been welcomed to the country in the past two years are key election issues.
Government and business initiatives like this may well be providing the answers.