Germany: thinking about implementing an easier immigration policy

http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/0,1518,824166,00.html

Members of the Liberal Democratic Party in Germany (FDP) want to make it easier for foreign high-skilled workers to enter the German labour market.

The shortage of high-skilled workers has already been predicted long time ago. Experts are still not sure, if we actually will force a lack of professionals in the future or not. However, one thing is for sure, the immigration policy in Germany is very complicated compared to other countries. Foreign people trying to immigrate to Germany in order to find a job there are facing a lot of barriers. Now, the FDP (Liberal Democratic Party in Germany) wants to counteract the feared lack by implementing an easier immigration policy.

As a first point the party plans to lower the annual earnings threshold from currently € 66,000 to below € 45,000. For job-sectors with a large number of job openings, such as engineers, computer scientists or doctors, the earnings threshold should even be as low as € 34,200.

A further innovation will be the introduction of a “Workers Visum”. This would allow non-EU foreigners to come to Germany and look for a job for six months – regardless of qualifications and previous earnings.

Furthermore the knowledge of the German language will be given a special consideration. Those who can speak German well will become permanent residents after two years.

These reforms might be the fist steps towards an easier immigration policy in Germany. Hopefully these steps do not come too late for Germany in order to remain competitive an attractive compared to other immigration countries.

6 thoughts on “Germany: thinking about implementing an easier immigration policy

  1. I think it’s good that Germany wants to make it easier for foreign high-skilled workers to enter the German labour market. Immigration can have a lot of benefits. Like economics gains, increase in cultural diversity, a younger workforce, etc.

    Immigrants usually arrive because of employment preference. This means that they offer skills that are very scarce in the country. This will bring about various advantages. For example, if the supply of native neurologists is low, influx of more neurologist immigrants will significantly help the health care industry. And if Germany wants to make it easier to enter the labour market, they will attract more high-skilled people this way!

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  2. In general, I really like the main idea to make immigration easier, especially for skilled workers. Borders should just make the administration of different areas easier, but should not hinder people to move.
    Moreover, the problem of future skills shortage, especially in connection with the demographic change, is a really long time omnipresent problem, particularly in Germany. In nowadays it is nearly without controversy that this problem can in the future, at least in some fields of work, just be solved due to the recruitment of foreign qualified workers, to keep Germany in an economic competitive position. In Germany this especially the case, because Germany is one of the oldest countries in terms of the age of its habitants in Europe and even in the world, so that the sufficient coverage of qualified young human resources cannot longer be warranted by the own population. Therefore, the fundamental idea of making immigration easier is suitable. Otherwise the high bureaucracy of the German immigration system would maybe alienate urgently needed qualified stuff to work in Germany. Thereby, Germany would definitely miss a good change to stay competitive economic as well as as labor market in a globalizing world. However, I think that the ability to speak a language of a country where somebody emigrates to, should in general not be seen as a special skill, but has to be a basic requirement to immigrate if somebody seriously wants to work in another country.

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  3. All in all, Germany is acting quite late to losen their entry barriers for high skilled labour forces. Countries like the United States, Switzerland or the Scandinavion countries have recognized the potential of high skilled workforce. Due to that they have lossended their entry and VISA procedures for the high qualified.
    Germany has done the right thing and will probably like the other countries profit from this step.

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  4. In general, I really like the main idea to make immigration easier, especially for skilled workers. Borders should just make the administration of different areas easier, but should not hinder people to move.
    Moreover, the problem of future skills shortage, especially in connection with the demographic change, is a really long time omnipresent problem, particularly in Germany. In nowadays it is nearly without controversy that this problem can in the future, at least in some fields of work, just be solved due to the recruitment of foreign qualified workers, to keep Germany in an economic competitive position. In Germany this especially the case, because Germany is one of the oldest countries in terms of the age of its habitants in Europe and even in the world, so that the sufficient coverage of qualified young human resources cannot longer be warranted by the own population. Therefore, the fundamental idea of making immigration easier is suitable. Otherwise the high bureaucracy of the German immigration system would maybe alienate urgently needed qualified stuff to work in Germany. Thereby, Germany would definitely miss a good change to stay competitive economic as well as as labor market in a globalizing world. However, I think that the ability to speak a language of a country where somebody emigrates to, should in general not be seen as a special skill, but has to be a basic requirement to immigrate if somebody seriously wants to work in another country.

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  5. In my opinion it is a good solution that Germany wants to facilitate the rules for immigration. I also do not think that it is too late to come up with this decision. Especially at this time in which Germany is searching a lot of qualified workers in the IT-sector and as well as nursing professions it is important to do so. With high skilled workers from other countries also the German economy is rising due to the workforce of incoming workers who bring new ideas and ways of working to Germany. Like Felix already posted, many countries recognized the potential of high skilled workers from other countries long time ago and profit a lot from immigration policy.

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