Germany plans to attract more foreign skilled workers

December 2nd, 2011 - 2:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Berlin, Dec 2 (IANS) Germany plans to lower its threshold for attracting more skilled workers and professionals from other countries, a report said Thursday.

A joint action plan, which was drafted by the cross-party and independent commission, made it clear that immigrants are soon to be exempted a work contract upon their entrance into Germany, only if they conform to the specific criteria for their expertises truly in need.

“More and more German citizens become increasingly aware of the fact that immigration of alien talents into Germany bears positive effects on the country,” according to the expert commission, led by former North Rhine-Westphalia integration minister Armin Laschet and former defense minister Peter Struck.

It pledges to offer more generous and attractive appeal to overseas university students to stay to work in Germany after their graduation, by providing more facilities for their residency permits and ensuring that they feel being welcomed in Germany, reported Xinhua.

The German government will also cut down the minimum income as a prerequisite for a permanent residency from 66,000 euro to 48,000 euro a year, as foreign students shall be more likely to stay after graduations.

Germany is not favoured as an ideal destination to foreign talents in comparison with the US, Canada or Britain, partly due to the language barrier.

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