New report says Germany will need to increase immigration
24 January 2011
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A new study says that Germany needs to reduce skilled labour gaps by increasing immigration and hiring more women.
The number of potential workers in Germany is expected to fall by 6.5 million to 38 million, resulting in severe skills shortages and serious consequences for the German economy.
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The report says that its possible to increase the number of people in the workforce by 3 million workers through the integration of more women into the workforce. However, increased immigration will still be needed to provide enough workers for the looming skills shortage.
"Without immigration the problem can't be solved," the report stated.
The report went on to say that an economic immigration program could bring in an additional 800,000 skilled workers.
The problem is that German immigration policy makes immigration of skilled workers from outside the European Union difficult. Only 2 percent of immigrants to arrive in Germany in 2009 were skilled labourers.
The report warned that if changes were not made to Germany's policy on economic immigration, their would be drastic consequences for the country.