Germany is set to pass a law this week that aims to make it easier for skilled workers from non-EU countries to immigrate for work purposes.
According to lawmakers from the ruling coalition parties, the German government came to the agreement to pass the law this week on Monday, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Commenting on the next steps that Germany plans to take to make it easier for third-country skilled to immigrate to the country, Katja Mast of the Social Democratic Party said that the long-overdue reform would modernise the immigration policies of Germany, Reuters explains.
Mast further said that easier rules for be achieved this week at a news conference.
According to Reuters, with the law, Germany hopes to combat the labour shortages that it is currently dealing with.
Based on the draft legislation that was shared by the German government earlier in March of this year, the reform could increase the number of workers from third countries by 60,000 a year.
Back then, the German authorities said that all those who could contribute to the country’s economy would be permitted entry under facilitated rules.
“If people bring professional experience or personal potential with them, we will make it possible for them to gain a foothold in our labour market,” Minister of Interior of Germany, Nancy Faeser, said in March.
As Reuters explains, the draft legislation offers foreign workers three pathways to enter Germany.
The first one requires foreign workers to present a professional or university degree that is recognised in Germany as well as an employment contract.
The second required a minimum period of two years of experience working in a relevant sector and also a degree or vocational training.
The third is a new “opportunity card” for foreign workers who have not received a job offer in Germany but have the potential to find work.
In addition to the above-mentioned, back in March of this year, the German cabinet also decided to extend its regulations for job-seekers from Western Balkan countries – Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, and Serbia.
Under the new regulations, Germany will be able to recruit up to 50,000 workers a year from the above-mentioned countries.
Just recently, the Federal Labour Agency of Germany said that the country is currently dealing with a labour shortage crisis affecting one-sixth of the professions.
The report by the Agency showed that of the total number of 1,200 professions that were surveyed, 200 of them struggled with labour shortages last year.
For this reason, Germany is now trying to reach agreements with different third countries in an attempt to attract more skilled workers.
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