Doors open for specialists from non-EU nations

July 2nd, 2011 by James

Doors open for specialists from non-EU nationsGermany has eased the restrictions on migration of some professional groups after being faced with a shortage of highly qualified specialists and skilled workers in many hi-tech fields.

German government has agreed with industry and union leaders to go for a long-term concept that includes changing immigration laws, which is a first since regulations were tightened in the early 1970s.

From in.finance.yahoo.com:

The new concept endorsed by the cabinet yesterday, exempted mechanical and electrical engineers, automobile constructors and medical professionals from a requirement that German companies can appoint them only when suitable candidates are not available within the country or in the EU. German companies intending to recruit those specialists from non-EU countries no longer require to produce such a certification from the Federal Labour Office, Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Merkel said her government’s concept is a two-pronged strategy to tackle the shortage of specialists by exploiting the potential available within the country and by making the country more attractive for specialists from non-EU countries. German Institute for Labour Market Research estimates that the country will face a shortage of around 6.5 million specialists and skilled workers by 2025 as a result of an ageing population if effective steps were not taken to offset the decline through migration and by developing domestic resources. Another institute forecasts German labour market will have vacancies for up to 240,000 engineers by 2020.

According to the estimates of the Federal Labour Office, the shortage of specialists and skilled workers at present has reached a record level of 150,000 vacancies.

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