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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.
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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.
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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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>> 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.
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Government and business initiatives like this may well be providing the answers.