GERMANY has drafted in its army in a desperate attempt to integrate Syrian refugees into the workforce, a top minister has claimed.
Three training centres have been set up across Bavaria where troops are set to teach migrants building techniques to get them contributing to society.
Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen said: “We start here with 50 refugees.
“After 12 weeks we will take stock of the progress. It is our contribution to the integration of Syrian refugees.
“They all know what an opportunity it is to be here.”
Those who complete the training program could even gain an army certificate, Von der Leyen revealed, adding that it will be easier for refugees to gain employment in the future.
The minister said: “It will be good and will give them a jump start for the future – in the form of helping people and helping themselves.”
The project is also aimed to help Syrians one day rebuild their own country, according to the defence ministry.
Germany will select 100 Syrians with a high chance of being allowed to stay in the country with half of them starting the 12-week course on Monday.
Angela Merkel has come under serious criticism from Germans after she actively welcomed 1.1million refugees into the country last year.
She has been blamed for fuelling the European migrant crisis by promising to welcome those who make it to Germany.
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