Germany lacks skilled workers – Head of the Federal Employment Agency calls for 400,000 immigrants per year

As Germany is increasingly short of skilled workers, the head of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele, is calling for “targeted immigration.” About 400,000 people a year should come to Germany.

Targeted immigration a solution to the problem?

From the point of view of BA CEO Detlef Scheele, around 400,000 immigrants per year are needed in Germany – which is significantly more than in previous years. “I don’t mean asylum, but targeted immigration to fill gaps in the labor market,” – Scheele said in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday. “From nurses and technicians to logisticians and scientists: there will be a shortage of skilled workers everywhere.” Referring to possible resistance to immigrants, he said: “We can stand up and say: we don’t want foreigners. But that doesn’t work.”

The situation will get worse

“The fact is: Germany is running out of workers,” Scheele said. Due to demographic developments, the number of potential workers of typical working age will shrink by nearly 150,000 this year. “In the next few years, the situation will be much more dramatic,” Scheele said.

“Germany can only solve this problem by retraining the unskilled and jobless, allowing women who involuntarily work part-time to work longer hours – and above all by bringing immigrants into the country,” -Scheele explains. The new federal government must address these problems.


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