Germany set to overhaul immigration system to introduce British-style points model
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Last month, the German public voted for their next leader and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) claimed victory. The Social Democrats effectively won the German election, making leader Olaf Scholz the most likely next Chancellor of a coalition government in Europe’s largest economy.
The Social Democrats, Greens and FDP will meet next week to discuss formal coalition negotiations.
But ahead of their meeting, a preliminary agreement stated they intend to introduce a “second pillar” to the country’s immigration system in order to attract skilled migrants.
Describing Germany as a “modern immigrant country”, the paper says the next government would “introduce a points system for attracting qualified specialists”.
The inclusion of the clause would mark a victory for the liberal FDP, who have called for a new immigration system based on the Canadian model.
The Canadian model judges potential migrants based on attributes including language skills, professional qualifications and job offers.
Under the German rules, they would only apply to skilled workers from outside the European Union as freedom of movement rules still apply for all EU citizens.
Christian Lindner, the FDP leader, said on Friday: “We have had to make concessions, as is necessary in coalition talks.
“But the overall policy that is now emerging is a real gain for the country.”
Mr Lindner has described himself as “particularly pleased” at the inclusion of the points-based immigration law.
Across Germany, it is generally accepted that skilled labour is urgently needed to fill holes in the job market and to shore up the pension system.
The pension system sucks nearly €100 billion (£84 billion) out the federal budget every year.
Both the Greens and the SPD pledged to reform of migration rules in which the recognition of professional qualifications would be streamlined.
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Yesterday, Armin Laschet, who took over as leader of the CDU Party after Ms Merkel stepped down, said the conservatives should prepare to enter the opposition in the Bundestag.
Christian Dürr, the FDP finance spokesman, said last month: “If we manage to turn Germany into an open, modern immigrant country while stabilising our pension system, we will gain more as a society than we can imagine.
“If we turn Germany into an open, modern immigrant country, we will gain more than we can imagine.”
Last month, Germany saw its inflation rise above four percent for the first time since 1993.
Throughout September, consumer prices were 4.1 percent above the level of the same month last year.
For August, statisticians reported an increase in import prices of 16.5 percent over the previous year.
According to the Federal Statistical Office, the last time the Wiesbaden authority put a four before the decimal point was back in December 1993, when it was at 4.3 percent.
Imported goods rose by almost 17 percent – as much as they did during the second oil crisis in 1981.
Over the years, natural gas imports rose by 178 percent, with electricity rising by 136 percent year-on-year.
Coal and iron ore have also seen the price of imports rise by 118 and 97 percent respectively.
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