Germany currently has a shortage of around half a million skilled workers. Since the baby boomers will soon be retiring, this number will rise rapidly in the future. According to Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil (SPD), Germany will need seven million skilled workers by 2035.
The German government now wants to counter the shortage with a new strategy for recruiting skilled workers from abroad and has adopted key points for facilitating the immigration process. Corresponding amendments to the law are to be passed at the beginning of 2023. Among other things, the rules for entry and recognition of professional qualifications are to be simplified. The planned changes are based on the Canadian points system.