Half of Turks in Germany Do Not Work, Majority 'Not Interested in a Job'

Jul. 13, 2017

A report in Die Welt concerning the data explains there are a number of reasons why so many people with Turkish backgrounds aged between 15 and 64 are not in work. stating that around a third are undertaking education or training, while almost one in five retired early for health reasons. A further one in 10 said family duties make holding down a job impossible.

"The vast majority of the [Turks who are] economically inactive declare that  -- at least for the moment  -- they are not interested in a job," the German broadsheet reports.

The difference in employment rates between Turks and natives is particularly stark among women, with just a third of Turkish women in work across Europe, the Eurostat data shows.

The rate of one in three applies to Turks living in Germany, according to the Federal Statistics Office 2015 microcensus, which found that Turkish women are only half as likely to be in work as German women  -- over whom they have significantly higher birth rates.

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