Germany running out of skilled workers. 400,000 Skilled Immigrants Yearly to Tackle Skilled Workers’ Shortage.

Graham Charles Lear
3 min readOct 8, 2021

Germany in worker crises

When the Head of the Federal Employment Agency, Detlef Scheele says that Germanysays that Germany is running out of workers you have to sit up and listen. When he says it's 400,000 you have to not just listen but pick yourself off the floor with shock.

On August 27, 2021the Head of the Federal Employment Agency, Detlef Scheele said, that Germany needs 400,000 new workers per year to fill the labour market, which can be possible by admitting more immigrants to the country, meaning that Germany’s economy is currently dependent on immigration. According to Scheele’s interview for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany needs more skilled workers since it is running out of them. He further explained that the number of workers of typical professional age would drop by almost 150,000 this year, predicting that the situation will worsen in the next few years.

Perhaps that's why Germany relaxed its rules

New Rules for Non-EU Nationals

Non-EU nationals wishing to work in Germany will now be subject to easier procedures and facilitated rules due to the new German Skilled Immigration Act, which has taken effect on March 2, 2020.

In other words, if any Brit wants to work in Germany or was working in Germany at the time the UK left the Union then it's now far easy than it was to apply and actually stay in Germany.

In the first year of the Act, the Western Balkan countries were the ones to benefit the most from the German skilled immigration program in 2020, with 30,200 visas being granted to workers worldwide, out of which 2,024 to Serb workers, 1,159 to Bosnians, 792 to Kosovans, and 778 to Albanians.

He further said that Germany needs to do its part regarding Afghanistan’s crisis and shelter refugees. However, he noted that he isn’t interested in the asylum but in targeted migration which could fill out the market gaps so Germany can keep its prosperous economy.

“Germany can only solve the problem by qualifying unskilled workers and people whose jobs have been lost due to technical change– and above all by bringing immigrants into the country,” Scheele said.

“We need 400,000 immigrants a year. In other words, significantly more than in previous years. From care and air conditioning to logisticians and academics — there will be a shortage of skilled workers everywhere,” Scheele said for SZ.

He also urged to let female part-time workers work longer, referring to involuntary work, which includes workers who want to work longer but cannot find such positions.

On the other hand, Rene Springer, a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) political group, criticised Scheele and accused him of being a “mouthpiece for companies that want to push down wages further.”

And there we have it, Its is actually a push to keep down wages by bringing in more and more workers from non-EU countries. who work for peanuts compared to what Germans would. Let's not mess about with words It amounts to SLAVE Labour.

Konstantin Kuhle, a member of parliament from the Free Democrats (FDP) party, agreed with Scheele and pointed out that without immigration, Germany’s growth and prosperity are at risk.

The Federal Statistical Office data reveals that net immigration to Germany in 2020 was 209,000, recording the first time Germany’s population has stagnated in almost ten years. This phenomenon is likely to be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic travel bans.

Again we see from this that Germany's prosperity in the past ten years has been down to cheap labour from both EU countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia and the migrants that have come in since Merkel opened the floodgates four years ago that saw 2 million swarm into not just Germany but the whole of the EU from countries from conflict like Syria.

(Source Schengenvisa info)



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.