Germany's local governments have called on the government and businesses to do more integrate refugees by helping them get into the job market.

According to Gerd Landsberg, head of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB), nearly 600,000 refugees were claiming unemployment benefits in Germany in mid-2017, some 250,000 more than at the same point in 2016,

Just under 200,000 refugees, meanwhile, had found jobs and had begun to pay social security contributions.

“The figu...

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