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Germany relaxes immigration rules to attract skilled labour

“But this month the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Germany must liberalize the recruitment of foreigners to fill a projected shortfall of 5.4 million workers with vocational or tertiary qualifications by 2025.

German business welcomed the new rules. The BDA employers’ federation said it would “facilitate the targeted immigration of badly-needed skilled labour also in non-academic areas”, citing a particular shortage of skills in engineering and electronics.

It welcomed a “change of mentality” that would make foreign workers feel more welcome.

Many would-be migrants are put off by having to learn German, but language schools such as the Goethe Institute now report record enrolments while more German firms are starting to accept English as the language of the workplace.”

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