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Flüchtlinge in Schleswig-Holstein

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Employment: Advisory and Support Services

You will find a general overview on the subject of employment below:


Besides the regional immigration advisory centres, there are numerous persons and bodies to contact in the advisory and support services available throughout Schleswig-Holstein for refugees and displaced persons wishing to take up employment or vocational/professional training.

Federal Agency for Employment

The Federal Agency for Employment can provide persons looking for work and training programmes with information on who is permitted to take up employment in Germany; this information is available in various languages and aims to ensure a successful start in a new job.

You can call up an interactive map und the link below showing projects on asylum and integration, together with information on the employment of recognized refugees, asylum-seekers and persons whose deportation has been suspended (tolerated foreigners).

Federal Employment Agency

You can discover who is subject to legal restrictions on the issue of work permits and who can enter the labour market freely under the following link:

BAMF - zur englischen Startseite

Employment agencies/Job centres

Local employment agencies and job centres provide advice to refugees in search of work. Information on employment agencies, on job centres and on basic income provisions is available here:

Federal Employment Agency


Fresh start for asylum seekers in Germany

Additional advisory services

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IQ Netzwerk / IQ Network

The IQ Network (Schleswig-Holstein Integration through Qualification (IQ) Network) provides information on the recognition of qualifications gained abroad and on further training, cf. link below:

IQ Netzwerk - Wegweiser Beratungsstellen

Mehr Land in Sicht! / More Land in Sight!

The right-to-residence network entitled “More Land in Sight – Work for Refugees in Schleswig-Holstein” focuses its services on asylum-seekers, on tolerated refugees whose deportation has been suspended and who have (at least subordinate) access to the labour market and on refugees with temporary residence authorization. It supports persons experiencing special difficulties in accessing the German labour market in their process of integration, training or schooling.

The network works in parallel with the services offered by employment agencies and job centres. In addition, the network provides information on possibilities of job-related language support within the context of ESF-BAMF courses (German for Professional Purposes), cf. website below:

Mehr Land in Sicht!

Alle an Bord - Netzwerk zur arbeitsmarktlichen Integration von Geflüchteten in Schleswig-Holstein


Employees of the WOMEN & EMPLOYMENT liaison office provide advice on all issues associated with entering a profession and returning to employment; this advice is also available to women with an immigration background and to female refugees and displaced persons permitted access to the German labour market. Advice is provided free of charge and is given in the German language.

Women requiring advice should have acquired sufficient knowledge of the German language to be able to follow an advisory interview. Immigration counselling should have taken place prior to such interviews. Contact to the liaison offices and a flyer in various languages are available under the following link:

Beratungsangebote von FRAU & BERUF

Advisory services specific to immigration



Refugees are permitted to undertake internships/traineeships provided the immigration authorities responsible for them have given their approval. Under the provisions of § 22.1 of the German Minimum Wages Act, the minimum wage requirement also applies in principle to persons undertaking an internship. The following internships are excluded from the minimum wage requirement:

  1. Mandatory internships required under the provisions of school law, training course guidelines, university regulations or within the context of cooperative training/education at an accredited vocational college,
  2. Internships of up to three months’ duration for the purposes of orientation prior to taking up vocational/professional training or a course of study,
  3. Internships relevant for training or courses of study of up to three months’ duration, and
  4. Entry qualifications under the provisions of § 54a of the German Social Code (SGB) or vocational preparation measures in accordance with §§ 68 to 70 of the German Vocational Training Act

How and when are refugees and displaced persons permitted to work?

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

info Focus on people - support and integrate

Information is provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) or can be found under the following link:

How and when are refugees and displaced persons permitted to work?

Exceptions for which no approval is required from the Federal Agency for Employment

No approval from the Federal Agency for Employment is required for vocational/professional training, for internships intended for in-service or further training, for voluntary service of for taking up employment by highly qualified persons. The immigration authorities will check in individual cases whether employment is permitted without prior official approval. Persons in possession of a temporary residence permit are not permitted to take up employment within the first three months of their residence in the country.

Further support services

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Job-related language support

You can obtain information on offers and conditions for participants in language support measures for professional purposes at federal level under the following link:

Berufsbezogene Sprachkurse finden

Flüchtlingsintegrationsmaßnahmen (FIM) / Integration Measures for Refugees (FIM) /

With its special integration measures for refugees (FIM), the federal government has created opportunities for refugees involved in asylum proceedings to work with municipalities and local authorities and with national or charitable service providers. Refugees can thus familiarize themselves with the German labour market and can carry out charitable work while their asylum procedure is in progress.

FIM - Flüchtlingsintegrationsmaßnahmen

Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein / Schleswig-Holstein Investment Bank

The Schleswig-Holstein Investment Bank (IB.SH) can provide tips on funding opportunities, e.g. in cases in which persons wish to set themselves up as self-employed, cf. link to website below:

Förderberatung IB.SH

Landesprogramm Arbeit / State Employment Programme

The aim of the state employment and labour market programme devised by the government of Schleswig-Holstein is

  • to retain and win new skilled workers and professionals,
  • to assist persons experiencing special difficulties with integration to enter the first job market,
  • to promote young people.

The measures initiated in this state employment programme are also open to refugees and displaced persons. More information under:

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Weiterbildungsbonus Schleswig-Holstein / Schleswig-Holstein further and in-service training bonus

Persons who are employees, freelance professionals or owners of a micro-entity wishing to undergo further or in-service training can utilize the Schleswig-Holstein bonus for this purpose and have 50 percent of their seminar costs refunded from resources made available by the European Social Fund.

Refugees and displaced persons are also entitled to make use of this further and in-service training bonus. Thus, for example, a refugee employed in a firm can attend a German-language course if he or she requires a good knowledge of German for his or her everyday work in the same firm. Further information is available under the following link:

Weiterbildungsbonus für Geflüchtete (PDF 376KB, Datei ist nicht barrierefrei)

IB.SH: Landesprogramm Arbeit


What possibilities and conditions exist for training and employment for refugees and displaced persons is largely dependent on the current residence status of the person concerned. There are advisory services and opportunities for professional orientation available at many locations. For more information:

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