Qualifications of refugees

You want to foster integration of refugees? Or: You have already received a job application from a refugee and do not know how to evaluate his or her qualification and to determine whether the qualification is appropriate for the employment you are offering. The BQ-Portal proves to be helpful in providing answers to these questions.

For this purpose, the portal offers you comprehensive information on education systems and professional qualifications offered in the main countries of origin of refugees. This information helps you to gain a better understanding of competence, skills and expertise of your applicants.

Our compact country overviews give you a valuable insight into the country of origin of refugees in question. They include following Information:

  • information on population and educational attainment in the relevant country;
  • number of asylum seekers from that country in the European Union;
  • a short overview of the education system and its particularities;
  • illustration of educational pathways and degrees;
  • as well as examples of successful labour market integration of refugees thanks to recognition of foreign professional qualifications.













Our country profiles give you an overview of the structure of the education system, its particularities as well as legal bases. The professional profiles provide you with information on the contents and duration of foreign professional training programs, and also include translated excerpts from relevant training or further training regulations. Furthermore, in the report by the German Economic Institute you can find Information on Education Levels of Refugees – Training and Education in the Main Countries of Origin.

Many refugees have already completed a vocational training or have work experience and are highly motivated to integrate into labor market and society. Therefore, they can use different ways to have their professional skills and qualifications assessed and recognized in Germany that suit their individual goals.

How to support refugees in the recognition process and benefit from it, you will find out in this graphic for skill assessment and recognition of professional qualifications:

Graphic for skill assessment and recognition of professional qualifications.


Additionally, you may put your candidate’s qualifications to the test as part of an internship in your company. This way, you can find out whether the candidate fits with the job requirements and your organization’s culture.

The BQ-Portal also outlines the formal assessment process for the holders of foreign professional qualifications. The success story of Horst Busch Elektro-Technik GmbH demonstrates the added value of the recognition process and the ways to assist it.

The first point of contact in the area of integration and asylum procedures is provided by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees with the information platform for finding integration courses, foreigners authorities and migration counseling centers. It is a card-based digital information system (in short: "BAMF-NAvI") and offers daily updated information, for example, on special integration courses as well as contact data of counseling centers and authorities.

Further information on employment of refugees

The Competence Centre for securing skilled labor supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in finding and binding skilled workers including refugees, in gaining a reputation as an attractive employer and remaining competitive and successful.

Allianz für Aus- und Weiterbildung

In order to strengthen vocational training, the Federal Government sealed the new Alliance for Initial and Further Training with business, trade union and Länder representatives in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on 12 December 2014. The new website informs, among other things about the specific measures for refugees.

NETZWERK Unternehmen integrieren Flüchtlinge is an initiative of the DIHK, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The initiative offers its member companies information on: legal issues, integration initiatives, best-practices, cooperations. 

Logo Check Work

check.work supports the German economy in evaluating professional experiences and qualifications of refugees. The online application is easy to use, intercultural understandable and can be used early in the integration process. Therefore check.work helps refugees on their first steps into the German labour market.

The DIHK guide "Integration of Refugees in Training and Employment" provides comprehensive information on recruiting refugees [in German]. 

Logo des IQ Netzwerkes

The IQ Network advises immigrants on all aspects of the German labour market. The IQ contact point "Counselling and Training" provides comprehensive information on professional recognition.

The European Commission has developed a Skills Profile Tool to support early profiling of the skills of refugees, migrants and citizens of non-EU countries who are staying in the EU (third country nationals). The focus of the tool is to help individuals produce a profile of their skills and to help an adviser identify any recommendations or next steps.