MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The huge flow of migrants to Germany can create new opportunities for economic growth if it successfully integrates new arrivals, Labor and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles told the Bild tabloid in an interview published Sunday.
"It is good news!" Nahles told the German outlet. "If we seize this opportunity now we will be able to integrate these people in our labor market, make them our neighbors and colleagues. We have jobs to offer. We have regions that need specialists badly."
The minister added that the language barrier would be a challenge because many immigrants pouring into the country could neither speak not write German.
Unemployment in Germany has dropped to a 24-year low, with the number of jobless people estimated at 2.7 million.
A September survey by German experts from major financial institutions predicted that the migrant influx could lead to an increase in unemployment in the country in 2016.