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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 06/01/2015

German labour market needs immigration

The fourth phase of the labour market reforms named after German executive Peter Hartz came into effect in Germany ten years ago. They have made the country competitive once more, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung comments approvingly, and calls for an immigration policy that reacts to the lack of skilled workers: "Already today, most of the new employment comes from migration and a growing inclination to seek work in Germany. But at some point the reserves of those who want to work and of qualified women and older citizens will run out. So this country's prosperity will continue to depend on foreigners with the skills the economy needs saying yes to Germany. An immigration system geared towards the needs of the labour market could also markedly increase the German public's acceptance of the new arrivals, and its impact would therefore be just as significant as the Hartz reforms."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 28/04/2008

Germany seals off its labour market until 2011

"Whether unskilled labourers or trained experts, for most of the workers from the new member states the message until 2011 is: Keep Out!" Sven Astheimer writes, adding: "This is a disastrous message. As if the current discussion about labour shortages didn't exist, the doors to Germany's fortress-like job market remain firmly closed. ... The Federal Employment Office hasn't even been able to provide enough seasonal harvest workers since the regular ones from Poland decided Great Britain was a better place for seasonal work because they're made more welcome there and receive higher wages. The exact opposite is true: foreign workers help to boost value and prosperity in Germany."

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