German parties are currently debating as to whether or not asylum-seekers should be offered foreign worker status if they find employment and learn to speak German. Coincidentally, Germany faces a shortage of skilled workers. While it would take up to five years for a refugee with a low education level to learn German and become qualified to fill a skilled position, the refugee is already living in Germany. The alternative is to ask refugees to return to their home countries, and hire skilled workers from abroad. Leaders have yet to reach a consensus regarding how these concerns should be addressed.