New Delhi (dpa) – According to Labor Minister Hubertus Heil, regulated working hours are an important reason for Indian specialists to come to Germany. “In Germany there is now a tendency towards two extremes on the subject: one extreme is the arrogance of believing that all brilliant minds and helping hands want to come to Germany. It’s not true,” the SPD politician said during a multi-day visit to India in the capital New Delhi. “The other extreme is that some act as if no one wants to come to Germany anymore.” Heil pointed out that IT professionals in India’s Silicon Valley of Bengaluru (formerly: Bangalore) probably earn a similar amount these days in Munich, but there is “no closing time”.
The possibility of family reunification also makes Germany an attractive migration destination from the perspective of German Ambassador Philipp Ackermann. In the Gulf States, where many Indians also work, they would not have this opportunity. However, Germany has a competitive disadvantage with the German language compared to English-speaking countries such as the United States and Canada, as many Indian specialists speak good English.
Heil is visiting India, the world’s most populous country with around 1.4 billion people, partly because of the migration of skilled workers and partly because of the upcoming G20 summit of labor ministers in Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh. India chairs the major G20 countries this year and the main summit will be held in the capital, New Delhi, in September.
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