In Germany, the latest scheme by the government of Prime Minister Angela Merkel to deal with Europe’s migrant crisis envisions hiring of up to 100 thousand asylum-seekers in a new state program for the employment of immigrants.
In the midst of the immigration crisis, Berlin has announced the deployment of a controversial program known as “one-euro jobs.”
Though the plan is to employ the workers at less than subsistence wages, Germany’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles is speaking of the new plan as a “springboard” for migrants to enter the labor market.
The program was forged as a means of dealing with the “forced inactivity” of tens of thousands of migrants living in refugee centers with nothing to do, waiting for documents that sometimes takes months and sometimes never arrive at all.
But but but, they’re all engineers, geniuses, grad students, doctors, professionals, who were going to shift the German economy into overdrive.
The German minimum wage is 8.50 euros per hour. Though that will seem irrelevant once all this cheap euro-an-hour refugees hit the German labor market. And it would continue to be irrelevant no matter how high the legal minimum wage is raised. This is an object lesson to some people, (cough cough, Ron Unz, cough cough), who think that just raising the minimum wage is a suitable form of roundabout immigration enforcement by any other means.