Daimler Launches Internships For Refugees in Germany

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Daimler announced Wednesday that it would help Germany’s growing refugee crisis by offering “bridge internships” to 40 people along with German classes, transportation for aid organizations and food donations.

The company would put to work some refugees who have flooded the country to escape violence in nearby Middle Eastern countries. In all, Daimler announced it would put to work “several hundred” refugees after a 14-week course in helping them to learn the nation’s language and construction practices.

Daimler joins Audi in offering help to refugees in Germany, after that automaker announced this summer that it would donate €1 million ($1.1 million) to aid organizations.

Germany is currently struggling with how that country will manage the millions of people who have recently flooded into the country.

“Immigration is an opportunity for Germany. As a company, we take social responsibility very seriously. With our ‘bridge internships’ we help refugees with their professional and social integration and offer an unbureaucratic entry into the labor market,” Wilfried Porth, Director of Labor Relations, said in a statement.

Employing a few hundred and donating money and help to a few aid organizations won’t necessarily relieve the economic burden of an entire country moving within its borders, but the support by German automakers is in stark contrast to how at least one of our presidential contenders fires up support in our automaking locales.

It’s a good day to Daimler.

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  • Herb Herb on Oct 14, 2015

    How generous. That will solve the refugee problem in Germany immediately. Still nor cure what to do with the others (1,500,000 minus 40). It is a giant mess already. Nobody knows how many will be coming within the next months. Unexpectedly, winter is coming. Who would have known? Idiotic politicians still maintain: "Wir schaffen das" (We can do). I have my doubts.

  • Ebm14 Ebm14 on Oct 14, 2015

    This is very sad for the native German people. There are already reports of rape and other physical attacks and these "people" haven't even been there less than a month. In order to free the country large corporations like Mercedes, BMW and VW must really hit tock bottom. To show my love, I will be buying Japanese or Korean.

  • TomHend TomHend on Oct 14, 2015

    and Democrats and Republicans are scratching their heads at the popularity of Trump.

    • VoGo VoGo on Oct 14, 2015

      Mostly we're just saddened by the xenophobia of the weak minded.

  • Wsn Wsn on Oct 15, 2015

    These people might as well STFU. It was a democratic election that had the current government in power. There has always been alternative candidates that would reverse the flow.