Talent-starved Germany looking to relax immigration law

The European nation has been struggling to replenish its skilled workforce, and is hoping the new law will help attract high-calibre talent.
By: | October 3, 2018
Topics: Europe | News | Recruitment


Germany’s coalition government is looking to push through a new immigration law that would make it easier for skilled foreigners to work in the country.

Unemployment has reached its lowest levels since East and West Germany reunified in the early 1990s.

Under the new law, candidates from outside the EU block, who speak German, will have the opportunity to stay in Germany for six months to find employment.

It has also been proposed that companies no longer need to try and hire German citizens as a priority over EU or non-EU candidates.

Lawmakers hope that small and medium sized organisations will benefit from the relaxed rules, as they have previously struggled to compete for talent with larger companies.