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Nuremberg. In the fight against the shortage of skilled labour, Andrea Nahles, chairwoman of the board of directors of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), sees the need for further political action. Germany must become more attractive to foreign specialists, Nahles said on Tuesday evening in the program “RTL Direkt”.
“There is still a big backlog, for example at the visa offices. We still have very complicated recognition rules for the qualifications of people who come to us. And last but not least, language is of course a big issue, as we compete with English-speaking countries like Canada and America,” says Nahles. In view of the further development of the immigration law of the traffic light coalition for skilled workers, the former federal labor minister and chair of the SPD said: “What is being negotiated within of government now shows many starting points where things will improve, but it is not yet valid. This means that we must now ensure that as many obstacles as we still have possible are removed during the course of of the next few months.
Your own authority is also required, Nahles said in an interview with RTL moderator Jan Hofer: “We have to be multilingual.
When asked why it was difficult to place some of the approximately 2.6 million unemployed in jobs, Nahles said: “In terms of the skilled workers that we are primarily looking for, I have to tell you that two-thirds long-term jobs the unemployed in Germany simply do not have a school leaving certificate and the qualifications often do not match. This means that we have to make a little more effort to invest in the continuous training of these people. In this context, Nahles spoke of a “middle distance race that we have to consider”.
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