Migrants from Turkey and Iran often have higher educations

More and more Turkish and Iranian migrants visited a university in their homeland before coming to Germany. Now, they should be integrated into the education system accordingly.

More and more asylum seekers with higher education are coming to Germany from Turkey and Iran. According to a report by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees on the “Potential of Asylum Applicants,” in 2018, 59.3 percent of asylum seekers from Turkey stated that they had previously attended a university. In 2017, the share was 46 percent.

A similar development is there for applicants from Iran. In 2017, 42.6 percent of all Iranian applicants had stated that they had attended a university in their home country, according to the report, and in 2018 it was 47.5 percent. The current statistics refer to self-reports of 65,000 adult applicants in 2018.

Integrate refugees into the German education system

Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) described it as “a challenge” to integrate refugees according to their qualifications into the German education system. This is especially true for highly skilled refugees, she told the newspaper. Through various measures, more than 20,000 refugees have already been admitted to regular university studies.

Asylum seekers from many other countries, according to the report, have a much poorer education. Only 17 percent had graduated from the main country of origin Syria, from Iraq only 14.2 percent. On average, the level of education is very low among applicants from Nigeria and Afghanistan.