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Germany to ease immigration to counterbalance labor shortage

The parties of the ruling coalition in Germany have made an agreement. To overcome the lack of skilled labor, the country will legislate to facilitate immigration. It is a delicate issue in Germany that was settled tonight by an agreement between the CDU, the CSU and the SPD who reached an agreement in a tense context marked by a breakthrough of the German far-right.

The agreement would only be worthwhile for skilled labor, the Social Democrats and the Conservatives assure. ‘We do not want an immigration of unqualified people from third countries,’ they explained during the summary presentation of the agreement on Tuesday.

Jobseekers outside the European Union will therefore be able to apply for a six-month residence permit (renewed if they find a job), particularly those working in sectors that have difficulty recruiting, such as computer mathematics or cooking.

Even Hoorst Seehofer, the current interior minister, who is very critical of Angela Merkel’s migration policy, said: ‘We need workers from third countries”. And for good reason, even if the document presented Tuesday clearly explains that: “the strong economic growth of recent years” was achieved thanks to “immigration from member states” of the European Union, the latter “is currently downwards’, which therefore directly threatens growth in Germany.

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