Germany plans to relax immigration laws for skilled workers

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Country´s labour minister says 7 million skilled workers required by 2035 

The German government has announced that they have agreed to a plan aimed at relaxing immigration laws to attract skilled workers. 

According to a report by the BBC on Thursday, December 1, the cabinet wants to bring in German Speaking workers with relevant skills into the country. This decision comes as experts now predict that Germany could require as much as 400,000 immigrant worker every year.  

A statement by Nancy Faeser, German interior minister said, “the reforms would create “the most modern law on immigration in Europe”. 

Robert Habeck, Vice Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action said, there was now an urgency to tackle the issue. He said, “We have known for years that we will have a demographic problem, but not enough has been done.”  

The government, according to the report, plans to introduce an opportunity card. This card will be based on a point system to assess non-EU applicants by taking into consideration factors such as education and language skills. Unskilled workers will also be allowed to fill certain sectors, the report adds, while the process for getting recognition of foreign degrees will be simplified.  

Meanwhile, Germany´s Labour Minister Hubertus Heil estimates that over seven million skilled workers would be needed by 2035.

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