FDTech at the "Integration of skilled workers from third countries" event
Recently we were guests at the event "Integration of skilled workers from third countries" (Integration von Fachkräften aus Drittstaaten). The event was hosted by Katrin Hoffmann, Managing Director of Industrieverein Sachsen 1828 e.V., at the long-established company @SLF Sindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH.
Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer spoke about the challenges of integration and how we can make immigrants feel at home and welcome.
The publicist, psychologist and extremism expert Ahmad Mansour had traveled all the way from Berlin to speak as a keynote speaker and later on the podium to report on his own experiences and present strategies for successful integration.
People need to be well supported in this process and need emotional access to the majority society in Germany. "If you want these people to stay here, friendships have to develop," said Ahmad Mansour. This is exactly how our colleague Saba Abdollahi, an development engineer at FDTech GmbH, sees it. She came to Germany from Iran in September 2012. She taught herself the German language, passed her A-levels and completed her bachelor's degree. As the best student on her course, she received a scholarship and is well integrated both at FDTech GmbH and in Chemnitz. In fluent German, she told the panel about all the paper work and the strength it takes to actually arrive and feel at home in Germany. Above all, she expressed her gratitude that the judiciary and the executive are safeguarding the democracy and freedom of opinion in Germany.
The evening at Spindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH was rounded off with a tour of the production facilities and discussions with employees to the topic of integration directly at their workplace. The experiences of two Vietnamese trainees from the Spindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH and a Chilean employee from a Freiberg-based company also showed that integration is possible. They have all put down roots in Saxony thanks to the good support they received from colleagues and friends.