Germany announces new regular migration opportunities for skilled migrants

Germany has announced a new migration law which aims to bring a further 25,000 skilled workers into the country each year, as a means of sustaining its workforce.

The law, which is dubbed the “Skilled Workers’ Immigration Act”, also aims to promote regular migration channels to skilled workers from countries like Nigeria.

Minister of State of German Federal Chancellery, Mrs Annette Widmann-Mauz, discussed the new law on 5 February during a meeting with the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, Mr Basheer Mohammed in Abuja, Nigeria.

The law, which was passed by the German parliament on 7 June 2019, will become effective on 1 March 2020.

According to Widmann-Mauz, potential migrants need to be adequately informed of regular migration channels, such as the Skills Migration Act, before they embark on an irregular journey.

She said the German government is interested in providing information on the dangers of irregular migration whilst also providing alternatives for qualified persons.

“We will like to give advice and inform, but more than that, we will also like to offer language courses and training. Therefore, we have centres of information and advice, which will enhance the qualification, especially for the labour market,” said Widmann-Mauz.

About 1.2 million jobs are currently unfilled in Germany due to a lack of specialists and an aging population. 

Nigeria has been a major source of irregular migrants in Germany and other parts of Europe. In 2018, the German government announced plans to deport 30,000 irregular migrants from Nigeria whose asylum applications were declined.

As part of measures to reduce the rate of irregular migration from Nigeria to Germany, both countries signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to increase economic opportunities in the West African country through commerce, agriculture, and automobiles.

TMP – 07/03/2020

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