German labour market to lure foreigners

We have to make sure that they will not go around our country: Schavan

Written by Agencies | Berlin | Published: April 2, 2012 3:51 pm

Germany will make its labour market more attractive for specialists from abroad,especially from non-EU countries,under a new law that would expedite the process of recognition of foreign educational qualifications. The new law came into effect on Sunday.

Recognition of educational qualifications acquired abroad will send a strong message to foreign specialists and skilled workers that “you are highly valued,appreciated and respected in this country,” Federal Minister for Education Annette Schavan said.

It is part of an unprecedented opening up of the German labour market for non-EU citizens to cope with a growing shortage of engineers,IT and communication specialists,doctors and other professionals across the country.

The new law gives foreigners,for the first time,the right to get their degrees or diplomas recognised within three months.

The main beneficiaries of the new law will be around 3,00,000 migrants,who have been forced to take up low-paid jobs.

This is because their academic or vocational educational qualifications were not recognised by German authorities even if they had many years professional experience in their home countries.

The law to recognise educational qualifications acquired abroad “ends our practice of treating people as petitioners,” Schavan said.

Germany finds itself in a strong competition in European and other countries for highly qualified specialists and “we have to make sure that they will not go around our country,” she said in a newspaper interview.

It can also help overcome the bureaucratic hurdles job- seekers from abroad often face to take up an employment in this country,she said.

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