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CDU, CSU and SPD cheer 'good measures' for integration

Germany's government plans to decide on a draft integration law for refugees at a closed meeting in May. Refugees who fail to comply with the new integration measures could see their asylum support cut.

The governing Christian Democratic Union,

Christian Social Union

and Social Democratic Party are applauding the "good measures" in a new draft integration law for

refugees

agreed to early Thursday after a seven-hour meeting in Berlin. The legislation would also include anti-terror measures.

The parties announced plans to decide on their "principles of support and challenges" at a closed-door meeting in Meseberg on May 24, according to news agencies.

Citing a six-page issues paper, news agencies reported that the new measures would see asylum support cut for refugees who do not live up to Germany's integration requirements.

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'One-euro jobs'

The measures would attempt to more swiftly move refugees, many of whom have

fled civil war in Syria,

into the labor market by suspending for three years a measure that prohibits the employment of non-Europeans in positions that German citizens or EU citizens are qualified for, news agencies reported. Refugees could also take on day labor under the new plan.

The plan would create 100,000 "one-euro jobs," in which refugees can work for a wage generally between 1 euro and 2.50 ($1.13-2.80) without their earnings counting against asylum support, according to news agencies. Business leaders have suggested that refugees could

prove beneficial to Germany's economy

in the long term, though the

number of arrivals has slowed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel led the meeting, which was attended by the relevant government ministers from the coalition parties, as well as Christian Social Union head Horst Seehofer.

mkg/bw (Reuters, AFP, dpa)

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