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© CHRISTOF STACHE / AFPFILE PHOTO. Migrants arrive at the first registration point for asylum seekers in Erding near Munich, southern Germany. Despite the influx of immigrants, there remains a shortage of unskilled labor in the economy. To address this issue, the Federal Employment Agency is now seeking to recruit tens of thousands more migrants to Germany.
In Nuremberg, Germany — Amidst mounting concerns over staffing shortages in vital sectors such as restaurants and airports, the Federal Agency is taking proactive measures to address the issue, drawing upon the Skilled Immigration Act for support. Instances of understaffing, notably conspicuous in tasks like baggage handling, have spurred urgent action, the German press reports.

However, recognizing the limitations of relying solely on mass immigration to alleviate the shortage, various factors come into play. Among these are the staggering volume of asylum applications — totaling 351,000 in the previous year alone — and the substantial demographic of over one million Ukrainians seeking sanctuary and depending on public assistance.

In response to the pressing need for labor, a forthcoming regulation stemming from the legislative efforts of the traffic light coalition is set to be implemented in March. This regulatory framework seeks to streamline the employment process for 25,000 foreign workers in Germany, with a specific focus on industries grappling with acute shortages of unskilled labor. Work permits granted under this initiative will be valid for a duration of up to eight months.

Comment: The weaponised mass migration issue aside, the labour shortage issues plaguing Western countries is likely due to a demoralised workforce, alongside poverty wages.

Vanessa Ahuja, a prominent board member of the agency, underscored the benefits of this new short-term employment strategy for employers in sectors prone to seasonal fluctuations or experiencing spikes in demand.

By facilitating the swift recruitment of foreign workers, this initiative offers a pragmatic solution to address immediate workforce needs. Interested employers keen on availing themselves of this opportunity are encouraged to initiate the application process with the employment agency come March. A stipulation of this arrangement is that foreign assistants commit to a minimum of 30 hours of work per week.