The official website Make it in Germany

Make it in Germany is the official multilingual website for international qualified professionals. It informs people interested in migrating to Germany how to successfully plan their move – from the preparations in their home country right through to their arrival and first steps in Germany.

Concrete & reliable information: Make it in Germany provides extensive information about immigration and visa procedures, job-hunting and everyday life in Germany. Entrepreneurs and researchers can find information specific to their field about their career chances in Germany. The site also points out the advantages of training or studying in Germany.

A one-stop shop for job hunters: The Make it in Germany job listings help qualified professionals search for suitable vacancies and find out which sectors and regions lack qualified staff.

A partner for businesses: Employers in Germany can find out about the possibilities of recruiting and integrating international qualified professionals. Employers recount their real-life experiences of recruiting and integrating international qualified professionals and encourage others to do the same.

Competent & personalised advice: On the Make it in Germany site, people interested in migrating can get customised advice on issues such as job-hunting, getting professional qualifications recognised, visas and settling into Germany – via email, hotline or Web chat.

What is it for?

The portal’s objective is to make qualified professionals all over the world enthusiastic about a career in Germany. Underlying it is a “welcoming culture” in politics, society, administration and enterprise which invites migrants to stay in Germany. This is why Make it in Germany is much more than a simple information portal – it is the expression of a welcoming culture and a business card for Germany: it portrays Germany as a modern, diverse society and helps convey the friendly, cosmopolitan nature of the country.

Who is it for?

Make it in Germany addresses qualified professionals and people abroad who are interested in studying or training, as well as those who wish to do research or set up a business in Germany.

Make it in Germany has a separate section for German employers at Here, businesses can find out more detailed information about recruiting and integrating international qualified professionals, as well as examples of best business practices.

How does it work?

The Make it in Germany was set up in 2012. Its central feature is the portal, which is available in German, English, Spanish and French. The content is continuously updated and new elements are added. As the portal evolves, the needs of the target group and requests are taken into account. Constant collaboration with the public bodies concerned ensures that the information provided is up-to-date and reliable at all times. Make it in Germany is intended to be a central hub for all questions about migrating to Germany, and bundles all the relevant information. Information is also available in brief in other foreign languages, for example on the country pages for India, Russia and Turkey. In addition to this, "Make it in Germany” is present at trade shows and events. Ideas and suggestions as to how to develop the Make it in Germany Web site are always welcome and will be taken into account where possible.

Who is behind it?

Make it in Germany is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and implemented by Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (Cologne Institute for Economic Research). Make it in Germany is backed up by a range of personalised advisory services. These are offered by the International and Specialized Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency of Germany (BA), the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).

The Make it in Germany team welcomes questions and suggestions about the portal. Contact us via our email address: make-it(at)iwkoeln(dot)de.


Trends on the German labour market are looking good. The number of employed, at over 43 million, has never been higher (2015 figures). Yet at the same time, some sectors and regions are already lacking qualified professionals. If nothing is done to counter this, demographic changes will create a shortfall of several 6 million workers in the years ahead.

Securing a supply of qualified professionals is one of the crucial challenges facing Germany’s business sector. The Federal Government has made this a key policy issue.

To bring all the relevant players together and start taking concrete action, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Employment Agency of Germany (BA) launched the Qualified Professionals Initiative:

This Web site informs and raises awareness among the general public, businesses and qualified professionals about the need for skilled workers and bundles together information and support. It shows that if we combine all the potential in Germany and abroad, we can overcome the skills shortage. Accompanying the campaign to attract qualified professionals, networks, cooperative ventures and projects are also being built up.

The Make it in Germany official website is part of the Qualified Professionals Initiative. It backs up the government measures to promote a welcoming culture and targeted migration of qualified professionals.

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