Germany seeks skilled migrants for some sectors


Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen AFP FILE PHOTO

BERLIN—Germany Monday for the first time published a list of jobs it wants to fill with workers from outside the European Union to counter labor shortages in the ageing nation.

The jobs include hospital nurses and caregivers for the elderly, robotics experts, electricians and train drivers. Applicants must present qualifications deemed equal to those in Germany.

“We need skilled immigration to ensure Germany’s long-term prosperity,” said Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen. “Shortages of qualified personnel affect not just graduates but also the middle part of the labour market.”

She said the new list showed that “companies in many industries are desperately looking for qualified people — not only engineers, but also for skilled workers.”

Faced with a shrinking population and enjoying low unemployment, Europe’s biggest economy is seeking such selective immigration for the first time in a program run by its federal labor agency.

Previously, Germany struck bilateral accords to attract workers in specific fields, such as nursing staff from Croatia and the Philippines, said a spokesman for the economy ministry.

The new initiative to ease immigration formalities and cut red tape follows the European Union launching a “blue card” scheme for highly skilled job seekers from non-EU countries, and Germany easing requirements for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in a February report found that non-EU workers with low or medium skill levels have much more difficulty than foreign university graduates in obtaining work in Germany.

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  • yourmama

    Philippine is the only country who rejoice when some other country requires workers. Pinoy Pride!

  • mangtom

    Yourmama: A sensible person rejoices when there is a job opportunity even in Timbukto. I wouldn’t want you as a mama dahil mali ang isipan mo. Would you, as a mama, advise your children to stay home and starve rather than go where there is hay? You seem to encourage indolence.

    • yourmama

      so why are filipino starving in their own country? shouldnt there be more reason to find that solution? how long can a country depend on its ofw? havent it been long enough?

  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:
    Germany is a disciplined country, strict with their laws, walang hilot-hilot!
    It brings the GOOD out of individuals, redounding to the BENEFIT of the COMMON GOOD and to the German Nation too!
    Philippine leaders, police, soldiers, gov’t/private company employees, even the COMMON TAO ought to follow this German example.
    It brings PROGRESS !!!
    Don’t worry about the German language, the language of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust) and Friedrich Schiller (Wiliam Tell). Just like the Pilipino language, there are also Pinoys having problems with Pilipino BALARILA ! “Aller Anfang ist schwer!”
    ERGO: Whether you are in Germany or in the Philippines, WORK, TOIL, WORK!
    It’s GOOD for you !
    Forward Philippines !!!

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      the difference is that there’s no job in this country for millions of unemployed Filipinos.

      Germany as you said are discipline well inform well trained and hard working,
      in the Philippines majority of populations are dumb donkeys. This is the results of corruption, plundering and the rule political dynasties.

  • kim koh

    it should be better if “The Philippines have created enough jobs” need to migrate and to work abroad…

    • koolkid_inthehouse


  • boybakal

    You need to learn and speak German.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      if you’re not a dumb donkey its easy to learn. almost identical to english.

      • boybakal

        dunkee….you donkey, same as english, asu.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        dumb donkeys with little brain just bend over and get screwed. English is not the oldest language, it borrowed words all over the world.

      • boybakal

        who told you that. show me facts.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        check it out if you still have some brain left.
        I will give you a hint:
        snow = schnee
        spindle = spindel
        daughter = tochter
        partner = partner, kollege
        son = sohn

      • boybakal

        you’re donkey brain….i said dunkee in my post and you did not understand.
        and you talk german….funny.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        you should be castrated to stop your kind of breed from multiplying.
        dumb donkey like you is ruining this country. why don’t you just stick you finger up your donkeyhole and rotate.

      • boybakal

        then you will lick my finger….i will do that.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        you like it stuck up your donkeyhole you never want to share it with anybody.

      • Wan23

        lol idiot

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        dumb donkey stick your finger up your donkeyhole. instead of finding out if its true.

  • Wan23

    eto lang alam ko sa german. pwede na bang mag-apply?

    TULO – zakitzaoten
    CONDOM – zupotzaoten
    IMPOTENT – lambotangoten
    JAKOL – larooten
    VIRGIN – noentrypaoten
    BAYAG – zarapkamuten

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      you’re a dumb donkey

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Caregivers that can be handled by dumb donkey Filipinos.
    Robotic experts of not for dumb donkey Filipinos, the same with train drivers.
    Electrician, yes.

  • Eddie AAA Calderon

    I have circulated this news to all my email lists which include our countrymates all over the world. I already got responses from our kababayans as I tell them to go to the nearest German Embassy/Consulate whether they are abroad or are in our country. I wish luck for our countrymates who are looking for a place in the sun.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      good luck. it will be a tough one. they’ll be competing with other EU citizens.

      • Eddie AAA Calderon

        The competition will not be that great because many Western Countries are in need of skilled jobs. Scandinavia to my Filipino friends living in Western Europe tell me about the job opportunities. Here in the USA and Minnesota in particular where I have lived most of my life, nurses are in demand as well as electrical engineers and computer technicians. In fact health companies have been sending their agents to the RP and other countries to recruit nurses from the colleges there.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        Nurses yes, others job opportunity is not that good.

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