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September 14, 2022

How do we solve the shortage of skilled workers? Idea 2 of 3

"Foreigners out"? That was the headline in Der Spiegel as recently as 1982.
In a survey conducted at the time, two-thirds of respondents wanted guest workers to return home.

In 2020, the whole thing was put into perspective a bit, as a survey showed that "only" 19.2% of respondents would send foreigners back home if jobs became scarce.

Then today, in 2022, Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil suddenly announces that Germany must become faster and more agile in attracting skilled foreign workers.

Hear, hear!

After all, it will not be enough to mobilize only the people who are already in Germany to fill the gap that the baby boomers will leave behind.
Instead, one "must" fall back on the foreign skilled workers.

It is necessary to inspire highly qualified specialists to take on the strain of leaving their own country and relocating to Germany.
The labor market is receptive.
The regulations are now to be simplified for all foreigners, especially with regard to the recognition of acquired professional qualifications. Those who can demonstrate these qualifications and thus secure their livelihood independently should also be allowed to come to Germany without an employment contract in order to look for a job. Although there will be a time limit of six months, this time should be sufficient to find a job.

With the abolition of hurdles and given the fact that foreigners will now be truly welcome, many people from abroad are making their way to Germany. Here, the circumstances are often much better than in their respective countries of origin.

BUT what will happen in these countries "if everyone comes to Germany"?

The economies could collapse.
Don't many countries already suffer from a shortage of skilled workers and now the flight of the skilled workers is added.

[Of course, this could also happen to Germany in the medium to long term, but that's just a side note].

At some point, there will no longer be enough qualified specialists abroad to entice away. Because Germany is not the only country chasing them. And the countries of origin will also increasingly try to create conditions to keep their skilled workers. What then?

In our opinion, the problem is only being postponed here, not solved.