Picture taken on July 14, 2015 shows Syrian refugee George Romanos working on a car at a workshop in Bobingen, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO/CHRISTOF STACHE
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Like a growing number of German employers, garage-owner Robert Menhofer has decided to give a young refugee a chance and is lavish in his praise for George Romanos, a young trainee from Syria.In Augsburg, the biggest town near Bobingen, about 70 kilometers (50 miles) from the Bavarian state capital of Munich, the Chamber of Crafts has campaigned for such changes for years.In and around Augsburg, unemployment stood at 4.2 percent in June, and 5,000 vacancies remain unfilled.The German "dual system" of on-the-job training combined with theoretical learning is no longer attracting sufficient numbers of young people, with as many as 80,000 trainee places left unfilled last year.Demir works closely with the labor agency and charities and he has succeeded in placing 19 asylum-seekers in apprenticeships since January 1 .Since January, the federal labor agency has granted permits to more than 6,000 asylum-seekers allowing them to work.
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