Germany links its prosperity to skilled migrant workers

German Labor Minister Hubertus Heil presented a memorandum to the Cabinet of Ministers intended to relax the rules for welcoming foreign specialists, Wednesday, November 30 in Berlin. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

DECRYPTION – The country has 2 million job vacancies. He wants to relax the rules for welcoming foreigners.

Correspondent in Berlin

The recruitment of qualified immigrant workers is becoming a national issue in Germany, which calls for “general mobilization of the state” to facilitate the arrival across the Rhine of hundreds of thousands of nationals from outside the European Union. “If we refuse the immigration of qualified personnel, we will not be able to guarantee the prosperity and preservation of the social security system in the long term” in the country, warns the Minister of Labour, Hubertus Heil.

Alongside his colleague from the Economy, Robert Habeck (Greens), and the two Ministers of the Interior and of Education, the SPD leader presented a memorandum to the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday intended to relax the rules of reception of foreign specialists. A bill will be formally tabled in early 2023.

Two years ago, a similar text had already been adopted by the conservative government of Angela Merkel, targeting in particular health professionals from the Balkans…

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