Berlin (dpa) – Germany urgently needs more skilled migrant workers to fill gaps in the jobs market and maintain the stability of its social welfare system, a board member of the federal employment ministry said on Sunday.
In June 2011, foreigners accounted for some 20 per cent of new employment; in June 2019 that figure was 60 per cent.
The proportion of workers from outside the European Union has also increased significantly.
More workers from abroad were needed to make the social insurance system “future-proof,” Daniel Terzenbach from the board of the Federal Employment Agency told dpa.
The global competition for these workers is intensifying, he added.
“We are noticing that countries like Japan, South Korea or classical Anglo-Saxon destination countries are investing strongly in recruitment for skilled workers from abroad,” he told dpa.