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Germany’s Economy Minister: The Country Needs Migration to Maintain Productivity

The German authorities are trying to attract a total of 400,000 qualified workers from other countries in order to fill employment gaps in vital sectors that have been severely affected by the spread of the Corona virus.

Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck, previously revealed the plans and several policies he hopes his ministry can achieve. The minister stressed that the country needs immigration to maintain productivity, reports.

Habeck emphasized that Germany currently has “390,000 vacancies, which is expected to increase to 1 million. When we don’t fill these vacancies, we are going to have some really serious productivity issues”, as reported by Euractiv.

In addition, the minister said that the lack of trained cadres in several areas has become a problem in many parts of the economy.

According to him, various measures including better training and display of a better work-life balance are needed in many industries where people are more qualified to combine their work and family status.

In any case, Habeck said, “What is certainly needed is an increase in immigration, and that’s for every branch, from engineers to craftsmen, to caregivers and health personnel.”

The Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Action also stressed that the country must do more to achieve the goals of reducing carbon dioxide and promoting renewable energy sources, climate-neutral production, as well as energy efficiency.

Habeck stressed that Germany would fall short of its CO2 emissions targets during this year and 2023 and would move to speed up actions across the energy spectrum.

We started with a severe inability. Previous climate protection measures in all sectors are insufficient. But we are doing our best to bridge the gap. We must triple the speed of emissions cuts,” Habeck noted.

According to the German Institute for Economic Research, in 2022, more than 300,000 people will leave their jobs and retire, while there are not enough young people who will take their places as Germany, like some other European countries, with an aging population.

Based on the Euractiv report, by 2029 the number of people leaving the labor market could reach 650,000. In addition, by 2030, Germany could have a deficit of close to 5 million people able to work.

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