Juncker said that he was “strongly in favor of allowing asylum seekers to work and earn their own money” while their applications were processed. Currently, most European countries prevent asylum seekers from taking jobs while their application are under review.

Some German officials think that their country can take up to 500,000 refugees every year, provided that the refugees are integrated into society. According to the Financial Times (paywall), chancellor Angela Merkel has prioritized German language classes and early access to jobs so that newly arrived refugees “bring more opportunities than risks.”

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