A senior manager of Germany’s Federal Employment Agency (BA) has said there is only limited capacity for the national job market to absorb new migrants, and it is already significantly overstretched.

Speaking to a club meeting of Hamburg business journalists, BA board member and former left-wing political senator Detlef Scheele said the job market could absorb 350,000 new working age migrants a year — half of the 700,000 new jobs created in total annually.

Yet over 1.5 million migrants arrived in Germany last year, with 1.1 million registering for asylum.

Mr. Scheele’s comments support, and may even go further than the figures seen in a leaked Federal document from 2015, which admitted the government was expecting at least new 400,000 welfare claimants last year from the migrant crisis. The BA October migration estimate paper forecasted Germany was to receive over one million unskilled migrants that year.

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