• Meuse-Rhine Gazette


The Teilhabegesetz (Federal Participation Opportunity Law) has put 16 long-term unemployed people to work in #Aachen. In mid-October, that number is to be expanded to 26, and further in the future to reach 62. Michael Raschen, a 56-year-old ex-long-term unemployed Aachen resident, is one of them, who is now a dependable and engaged colleague at the district authority’s office in Eilendorf. “I am still surprised I was accepted already one week after my initiative application,” says Raschen. After a six-week trial period, Raschen signed a five-year restricted work contract. While politicians on both partisan spectrums argue about the financing of this programme, the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) has already put four former long-term unemployed people back to work in Eilendorf alone. Source: Aachener Zeitung Photo: dpa/Frank Rumpenhorst

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