Germany is ready to act to reduce impediments from skilled workers from abroad in an attempt to reduce the shortage of staff in the country.
The Cabinet headed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz has agreed to approve measures that allow skilled workers from outside the European Union to start work immediately in case they have signed contracts with domestic employers. Their vocational qualifications will be recognised later.
The German government also wishes to make it easy for young immigrants to take up vocational courses or study in Germany. The cabinet wants to emulate the Canadian points system to bring in workers who can speak German or have related skills. The process will emerge as transparent and unbureaucratic making immigration easy for those who want to find work in Germany.
The new strategies will be presented by Robert Habeck, Minister of Economy after meeting the other ministers of interior, education and labour. Habeck commented that it would be the most liberal immigration law in Europe. He cautioned that Germany is not only facing a shortage of skilled labour but also of workers in general, the problem to which the country had been blind in recent years.
Demographic imbalances have been created in Germany due to lower birth rates and uneven immigration flows both of which are having an adverse impact on the German economy.
The country is still grappling with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and the energy crisis caused by the Ukraine-Russia war. Germany also has an ageing population and displays a remarkable labour shortage in IT, construction and health.
Germany plans to attract 4.00,000 qualified workers from other countries every year. A survey conducted by IFO Institute, Munich found half of the German companies struggling to find skilled workers to fill up posts along with acute shortages, particularly in service sectors. Labour Minister Hubertus Heil claimed that seven million skilled workers will be required in the country by 2035.
The government also has plans to revamp the citizenship rules in Germany. Nancy Faeser, the Interior Minister, said that it has plans to get the necessary legislation through Parliament in the next year. She said that it would create the “most modern law on immigration in Europe”.
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Source: Economic Times, BBC News