go get a job. what are you waiting for?

There’s been a recent Große Koalition decision to allow "tolerated" foreigners the right to apply for a residence permit, if the applicant already has a job or training program. The new rule will  supposedly affect 10 000 out of approximately 200 000 tolerated foreigners. Also under the new ruling, tolerated foreigners without a job have until September 30, 2007 to find one. The estimates figure 60 000 – 100 000 people will be able to take advantage of the decision. Wow a whole y… no not even a year.

Die Zeit has a decent article, Wer darf bleiben?, on the situation. I really wonder about those estimates. Up until now, Geduldete Ausländer either didn’t have the right to work (legally) or could only be offered jobs provided that neither a German person nor another foreigner with a work/residence permit could fill the position. People who have gone through the ridiculously long asylum process only to be rejected because maybe Germany doesn’t recognize the conflict going on in their country, or maybe they have a horrible lawyer, or a racist administrator is over their case… One can end up living in Germany for years and years without a legal right to study or work. Yet all of a sudden, after years of being denied the opportunity to contribute to the legal job market and relegated to the margins of society, it’s feasible to find a self-supporting job or training program in 10 months.

Don’t Germans have problems doing that as well? Just a month ago, German politicians remembered that there are German poor people, who may or may not be unemployed. Did they disappear again?

It’s saddening – this section of foreigners are "tolerated" as they say because they didn’t do anything wrong, except maybe decide to come to Germany. If they have no legal work experience for however many years, it’s thanks to the German government. And in 10 months, according to estimates 90 000 or so may face being deported.

2 Comments

  1. Ben said,

    Tuesday 28 November 2006 at 9:40 am

    wow, thanks for the info — I hadn’t hear anything about this (y yo soy Auslander)

  2. sattva said,

    Thursday 7 December 2006 at 12:24 pm

    no problem..


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go get a job. what are you waiting for?

There’s been a recent Große Koalition decision to allow "tolerated" foreigners the right to apply for a residence permit, if the applicant already has a job or training program. The new rule will  supposedly affect 10 000 out of approximately 200 000 tolerated foreigners. Also under the new ruling, tolerated foreigners without a job have until September 30, 2007 to find one. The estimates figure 60 000 – 100 000 people will be able to take advantage of the decision. Wow a whole y… no not even a year.

Die Zeit has a decent article, Wer darf bleiben?, on the situation. I really wonder about those estimates. Up until now, Geduldete Ausländer either didn’t have the right to work (legally) or could only be offered jobs provided that neither a German person nor another foreigner with a work/residence permit could fill the position. People who have gone through the ridiculously long asylum process only to be rejected because maybe Germany doesn’t recognize the conflict going on in their country, or maybe they have a horrible lawyer, or a racist administrator is over their case… One can end up living in Germany for years and years without a legal right to study or work. Yet all of a sudden, after years of being denied the opportunity to contribute to the legal job market and relegated to the margins of society, it’s feasible to find a self-supporting job or training program in 10 months.

Don’t Germans have problems doing that as well? Just a month ago, German politicians remembered that there are German poor people, who may or may not be unemployed. Did they disappear again?

It’s saddening – this section of foreigners are "tolerated" as they say because they didn’t do anything wrong, except maybe decide to come to Germany. If they have no legal work experience for however many years, it’s thanks to the German government. And in 10 months, according to estimates 90 000 or so may face being deported.

2 Comments

  1. Ben said,

    Tuesday 28 November 2006 at 9:40 am

    wow, thanks for the info — I hadn’t hear anything about this (y yo soy Auslander)

  2. sattva said,

    Thursday 7 December 2006 at 12:24 pm

    no problem..


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