Germany Set to Pass Law Easing Immigration for Skilled Workers

 


Berlin, June 19 (Reuters) - Germany is on the verge of enacting a new law aimed at simplifying the immigration process for skilled workers, particularly those from outside the European Union. Lawmakers from the ruling coalition parties have reached an agreement, paving the way for the legislation to be passed this week.

Katja Mast, a member of the Social Democratic Party, which governs in partnership with the Free Democrats and Greens, stated that these long-awaited reforms will bring Germany's immigration policies up to date. "And we will achieve that this week," she announced during a joint news conference with Johannes Vogel of the FDP and Irene Mihalic of the Greens.

The main objective of this law is to address the labor shortage in Europe's largest economy. The labor ministry reports that job vacancies reached a record high of nearly 2 million in 2022.

The draft legislation, which was unveiled by the government in late March, outlines measures that could increase the annual number of workers from non-EU countries by 60,000 individuals. It introduces three pathways for foreign workers to enter the country, including a new "opportunity card" for those without a job offer but with the potential to find employment.

The opportunity card operates on a points-based system, taking into consideration factors such as qualifications, language proficiency, professional experience, ties to Germany, and age.

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