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Germany Revises Immigration Law to Appeal to Skilled Workers

Germay passes legislation to appeal to skilled workers.

Germany has officially revised their immigration laws in order to cater for the country’s shortage in skilled labor.

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In a legislation passed earlier this week, the country is expected to allow more foreign citizens into the country especially those seeking employment. The country identified the growing shortage of skilled workers as a hurdle in the economic growth leading to the need for the new legislation to tackle the issue.

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The country is having close to 2 million vacancies in skilled work and the legislation is expected to aid in bridging the gap to promote the country’s economic growth.

According to stipulations in the new law, workers who have been given a job offer will be allowed into the country in order to start working in their area of employment. They will be required to have a university degree from a university recognized by the German government.

File photo of Migrants in Germany. Photo: Simon Kent
File photo of Migrants in Germany. Photo: Simon Kent

The legislation also introduces the ‘Opportunity Card’ to be offered to migrants with the potential of finding a job in the country. The migrants who will be given an opportunity card will be expected to secure a job in the country within a year of arrival.

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Migrants to be considered for an opportunity card will be expected to have certain qualifications including proficiency in the German and English language. They will also be required to have attained a certain age and level of experience.

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