Germany recruits 8,500 teachers for child refugees

Berlin announces that it has recruited some 8,500 people to teach child refugees German language

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Germany prepares to recruit 8,500 teacher for child refugees

Germany has recruited 8,500 people to teach child refugees German in 2016, Die Welt daily newspaper reported. 

2015 has been the year of emerging refugee issue and crisis affecting whole Europe especially Germany.

Also, in December, the Society for the German Language announced “Flüchtling” meaning “refugees,” as the "dominant theme of the year."

Almost 196,000 children who have fled war and poverty in Middle East countries, especially Syria and Afghanistan, have entered the German school system this year.

According to the Die Welt, a survey carried out among 16 German states, and 8,264 "special classes" prepares to help the new arrival refugee children with their peers.

"Some 8,500 additional teachers have been recruited nationwide," the daily said.

According to Germany's education authority, 325,000 school-age children reached the EU country in 2015, AFP reported.

"Schools and education administrations have never been confronted with such a challenge," Brunhild Kurth, head of  the education authority, said Die Welt.

"We must accept that this exceptional situation will become the norm for a long time to come."

Germany said it will accept up to 1 million asylum seekers by the end of this year, four times more than what it accepted in 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised for her “open borders” policy even within her own party, causing a serious division in Germany's coalition government.

The official number of refugees that have traveled to Europe by sea has reached 845,893 since the beginning of this year (January-November 20, 2015), nearly four times the total for all of 2014.

Another 3,519 died or gone missing on their way to Europe, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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