In this May 2, 2016 photo former resident Kardo from Iraq holds a pot with boiled eggs in the kitchen of the Sumte refugee shelter in Sumte, Amt Neuhaus, northern Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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The so-called "1-euro jobs" have been touted as a springboard for the newcomers into Germany's job market, but experts remain skeptical about their effectiveness.Restricted to working no more than 20 hours a week, Zaid gets a monthly income of 84 euros at best, a small extra on top of the 143 euros he receives as pocket money while he waits for the official decision on his asylum application.Conceived a decade ago with the aim of nudging the long-term unemployed back to work, it is now being used to help integrate a record influx of refugees, which topped 1.1 million last year.In Bavaria, the main gateway for thousands of refugees in southern Germany, 9,000 refugees have taken up such jobs.Labor Minister Andrea Nahles has promised to create 100,000 such posts for refugees, describing them as a "trampoline" into the job market.
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