German states at a glance

Germany has a federal structure and consists of 16 states, the Bundesländer. Various official responsibilities are organised at the federal and state levels. Please click on a state to find out more about its characteristics, successful industries and the composition of its population.

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North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia is a very diverse state, with vibrant business centres, bustling cities and peaceful natural landscapes. The state is home to one of the strongest industrial regions in the world and offers one of the most vibrant cultural landscapes in Europe. An open-minded look to the future – that’s what North Rhine-Westphalia is all about.

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North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia is a very diverse state, with vibrant business centres, bustling cities and peaceful natural landscapes. The state is home to one of the strongest industrial regions in the world and offers one of the most vibrant cultural landscapes in Europe. An open-minded look to the future – that’s what North Rhine-Westphalia is all about.

Capital

Düsseldorf

The three largest cities

Cologne (1,046,680 inhabitants)
Düsseldorf (604,527 inhabitants)
Dortmund (580,511 inhabitants)

Area

34,110.40 km²

Population

17,865,516 inhabitants

Average age

44,0 years

Birth rate

1,48 children per woman

Number of foreign nationals

1,922,614 people

The five largest countries of origin:

  • Turkey
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • The Netherlands
 

Important industries

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Metalwork, metal production and processing
  • Chemicals
  • Healthcare / logistics
  • Banks and insurances
  • Information and communications (new media)

Regional characteristics

  • Welcoming and international business location with a longstanding tradition in integrating foreign expatriates
  • Excellent jobs with international corporations and successful SMEs
  • Home to many “hidden champions” who are worldwide leaders in their field
 

Information on the state

NRW.de
Information portal about North Rhine-Westphalia (German, English, French, Dutch)
https://land.nrw/en

NRW invest
Facts and figures about North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location (e.g. German, English, Russian)
www.nrwinvest.com

Information for immigrants Integration in NRW
Advice for international professionals on issues such as work, education and funding (German)
www.integration.nrw.de

Recognition authorities and advisory centres
Points of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
http://www.gib.nrw.de/themen/wege-der-arbeit/iq-netzwerk-nrw/erstberatung-anerkennung/kontakte-und-informationen

IHK Fachkräftemonitor NRW
Information on staff requirements by regions and industries (German)
http://www.ihk-fachkraefte-nrw.de/

welcome.ruhr
Detailed information about living, studying and learning in the Ruhr region. (German, English)
http://www.welcome.ruhr/en/

Welcome Centers

Welcome Center Essen
Service centre for international professionals (German, English)
https://www.essen.de/rathaus/aemter/ordner_33/buergeraemter/
welcomecenter/welcomecenter_1.en.html

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Lower Saxony

Strong enterprises, innovative minds and excellent research institutes have turned the state into an excellent location for business and research alike. Lower Saxony is Germany’s second largest state and boasts beautiful landscapes between the Ems and Elbe rivers, the Harz skiing slopes, North Sea seaside towns, offering plenty of fun and relaxing leisure activities, as well as an excellent quality of life.

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Lower Saxony

Strong enterprises, innovative minds and excellent research institutes have turned the state into an excellent location for business and research alike. Lower Saxony is Germany’s second largest state and boasts beautiful landscapes between the Ems and Elbe rivers, the Harz skiing slopes, North Sea seaside towns, offering plenty of fun and relaxing leisure activities, as well as an excellent quality of life.

Capital

Hanover

The three largest cities

Hanover (523,642 inhabitants)
Braunschweig (248,502 inhabitants)
Oldenburg (160,907 inhabitants)

Area

47,614,82 km²

Population

7.926.599 inhabitants

Average age

44,4 years

Birth rate

1,53 children per woman

Number of foreign nationals

568.009 people

The five largest countries of origin are:

  • Turkey
  • Poland 
  • Syria
  • The Netherlands
  • Romania
  • Italy
     

Important industries

  • Automotive engineering
  • Agriculture and food industry
  • Power industry, including solar and wind power
  • Healthcare, including life sciences and medicine
  • Maritime industry
  • Electric vehicles
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Information technology

Regional characteristics

  • Combines dynamic economic development with a high quality of life
  • Cultural highlights and beautiful landscapes and cities mean that people enjoy life and feel at home in the state of Lower Saxony
  • Manifold leisure activities – from spending time by the sea to skiing in the Harz mountains
Information on the state Lower Saxony Portal
Comprehensive information about Lower Saxony (German, English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Spanish)
www.lower-saxony.de

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Welcome Center

Migration und Teilhabe – Niedersachsen
Information for immigrants (German)
http://www.ms.niedersachsen.de/themen/integration/integration---perspektiven-fuer-niedersachsen-91368.html

Recognition authorities and advisory centres
Points of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
http://www.migrationsportal.de/en

Bienvenido! Welcome to Lower Saxony
Programme aimed at attracting professionals from Spain and Portugal, established by the Association of the Metal and Electronics Industries in Lower Saxony (German)
http://www.niedersachsenmetall.de/nm/de/news_und_termine/presse/pressemeldungen/pressemeldung/429ec08618604837aead0e1e5f24f792.html

Adelante! Training and job perspectives for young people from Spain
Programme for young people from Spain who would like to receive vocational training in Germany (German, Spanish information brochure)
http://www.hannover.ihk.de/

Ems-Achse Jobmotor Nordwest

Point of contact for international professionals (German, English, Spanish)
http://www.emsachse.de/index.php

Welcome Center
Information for immigrants (German, English)

welcome-center-der-region.de

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Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg is one of the most modern industrial locations in the world. Its economic strength and low unemployment levels contribute to its attractiveness. A variety of landscapes, such as Lake Constance and the Black Forest, contribute to the high quality of life in Baden-Württemberg.

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Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg is one of the most modern industrial locations in the world. Its economic strength and low unemployment levels contribute to its attractiveness. A variety of landscapes, such as Lake Constance and the Black Forest, contribute to the high quality of life in Baden-Württemberg.

Capital

Stuttgart

The three largest cities

Stuttgart (612,441 inhabitants)
Karlsruhe (300,051 inhabitants)
Mannheim (299,844 inhabitants)

Area

35,751.34 km²

Population

10,879,618 inhabitants

Average age

43,3 years

Birth rate

1,46 children per woman

Number of foreign nationals

1,411,877 people

The five largest countries of origin are:

  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Romania
  • Croatia
  • Poland
  • Greece

Important industries

  • Automotive engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Information and communications technology
  • Healthcare
  • Electrical engineering
  • Metal industry
  • Chemicals and pharmaceuticals

                Regional characteristics

                • above-average economic growth
                • Significant research location in Germany
                • balanced labour market
                   

                Information on the state

                Baden-Wuerttemberg.de
                Official website offering information on Baden-Württemberg (German, English, French)
                http://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/en/home/

                StudyGuide Baden-Württemberg
                Information on graduate and postgraduate courses and research in Baden-Württemberg (English)
                www.bw-studyguide.de

                bw Career
                Careers platform for science and research in Baden-Württemberg, listing vacancies at universities and research institutions and other potential employers for academics (German, English)
                www.bw-career.com 

                Information for immigrants

                Points-Based Model Project for Foreign Skilled Workers – PuMa
                Immigration opportunity for professionals with vocational qualifications (German, English)
                https://regional-skilled-workers-initiative.de/en/

                bw-jobs.de - Professionals for Baden-Württemberg

                Information on living and working in Baden-Württemberg for international professionals (German, English, Spanish, French, Turkish)
                http://www.bw-jobs.de/en/home.html

                Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing
                Information on world of work, vocational training, efforts to secure skilled labour (German)
                http://www.wm.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/arbeit

                Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                List of points of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German, English)
                http://www.netzwerk-iq-bw.de/en/recognition-counselling-2.html

                Welcome Centers

                Overview of the Welcome Center for international qualified professionals (German)
                http://wm.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/arbeit/allianz-fuer-fachkraefte/karte-welcome-center/

                Welcome Center Sozialwirtschaft Baden-Württemberg
                Service centre for international professionals (German)
                http://welcome-center-sozialwirtschaft-bw.de/wp-content/themes/diakonie-wcs/images/WCS_Englisch.pdf

                Welcome Center Rhein-Neckar
                Service centre for international professionals (German)
                http://www.welcomecenter-rn.de/en/

                Welcome Center Heilbronn-Franken
                Service centre for international professionals (inter alia German, English, Spanish, French)
                http://www.welcomecenter-hnf.com/de/new/home.html

                Welcome Center TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe
                Service centre for international professionals (German, English)
                http://welcome.technologieregion-karlsruhe.de/en/

                Welcome Center Region Stuttgart
                Service centre for international professionals (German, English)
                http://welcome.region-stuttgart.de/en.html 

                Welcome Center Nordschwarzwald
                Service centre for international professionals (German, English)
                https://www.nordschwarzwald.ihk24.de/english  

                Welcome Center Freiburg – Südlicher Oberrhein
                Service centre for international professionals (German, English, Spanish)
                http://www.welcomecenter-freiburg-oberrhein.de/en 

                Welcome Center Gewinnerregion Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg
                Service centre for international professionals (German, English)
                http://wirtschaftsfoerderung-sbh.de/en/welcomecenter/

                Welcome Center Ulm/Oberschwaben
                Service centre for international professionals (German, English, Spanish)
                https://www.ulm.ihk24.de/aus_und_weiterbildung/Welcome_Center/englisch/Welcome-Center-Einseiter3/3469370

                Welcome Center Bodensee – Oberschwaben
                Service centre for international professionals (German, English)
                http://welcomecenter-bo.de/home_gb.html 
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                Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

                Hamburg is a green city located near the sea and offers a host of things to do in your free time, including plenty of cultural activities. Its international flair and comparatively young population make it a very pleasant place to be. Its economic performance, income and level of education are high. The metropolitan region of Hamburg includes parts of the adjacent states of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Lower Saxony and is home to 500.000 companies with around 1.9 million jobs.

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                Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

                Hamburg is a green city located near the sea and offers a host of things to do in your free time, including plenty of cultural activities. Its international flair and comparatively young population make it a very pleasant place to be. Its economic performance, income and level of education are high. The metropolitan region of Hamburg includes parts of the adjacent states of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and Lower Saxony and is home to 500.000 companies with around 1.9 million jobs.

                Area

                755,30 km²

                Population

                1,787,408 inhabitants

                Average age

                42,4 years

                Birth rate

                1,41 children per woman

                Number of foreign nationals

                250.186 people

                The five largest countries of origin are:

                • Turkey
                • Poland
                • Afghanistan
                • Portugal
                • Russian Federation
                 

                Important industries

                 
                • Second largest port in Europe
                • Maritime industry, such as specialised shipbuilding, shipbuilding suppliers, marine and offshore engineering
                • Logistics
                • Civil aviation industry
                • Media and IT, e.g. games industry
                • Renewable energies
                • Life sciences – research and production location for medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries
                 

                Regional characteristics

                 
                • Second largest city in Germany
                • Almost half of the city’s area is composed of parks, water and forests – the port makes up for 10% of the city’s area
                • Growing population, partly due to young and well-educated people relocating to the city
                 
                     

                Information on the state

                 







                Information for immigrants

                 

                 























                Hamburg Welcome Center

                Welcome to Hamburg
                Information on living and working in Hamburg, including advice on immigration procedures and finding a place to live (German, English)
                http://english.welcome.hamburg.de

                Hamburg Metropolitan Area
                Facts and figures about Hamburg and the adjacent states (German, English)
                http://metropolregion.hamburg.de/ueber-uns/

                Integration courses
                Comprehensive information on integration courses (German)
                http://www.hamburg.de/integrationskurse/ 


                Integration
                Information on integration, advisory services, work (German)
                http://www.hamburg.de/integration/


                Recognition authority and advisory centre
                Central point of contact for having your international qualifications recognised (German)
                https://www.diakonie-hamburg.de/de/visitenkarte/zaa/

                IQ Netzwerk Hamburg – NOBI
                Information and advice about qualifications and recognition of foreign vocational diplomas (German)
                http://www.nobi-nord.de/erstanlaufstellen.html

                Make it in Hamburg

                Make it in Hamburg!’ helps various target groups integrate into the labour market.  The project is aimed at graduate professionals, skilled workers, apprentices, accompanying life partners, foreign students and graduates from universities in and around Hamburg. (German, English)
                http://www.giz.de/en/worldwide/25942.html


                Welcome Center in Hamburg
                The Hamburg Welcome Center provides a service helping EU and non-EU citizens manage the legal aspects of immigration. It also provides information and advice on relocating, working, studying, finding a place to stay, and living in Hamburg. (German, English)
                http://english.welcome.hamburg.de/welcome-center/ 

                     
                         
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                Berlin

                The capital posts record numbers of business start-ups. This is where the greatest number of new jobs are created in Germany.  People from all over the world move to Berlin to live and work and many companies are setting up their headquarters here. In the city state of Berlin you will find a unique research infrastructure, highly qualified professionals and a lively and inspiring creative scene. Modern, strong on technology and open to innovation are the catchwords that best describe Berlin.

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                Berlin

                The capital posts record numbers of business start-ups. This is where the greatest number of new jobs are created in Germany.  People from all over the world move to Berlin to live and work and many companies are setting up their headquarters here. In the city state of Berlin you will find a unique research infrastructure, highly qualified professionals and a lively and inspiring creative scene. Modern, strong on technology and open to innovation are the catchwords that best describe Berlin.

                Area

                891,7 km²

                Population

                3,520,031 inhabitants

                Average age

                42,8 years

                Birth rate

                1,46 children per woman

                Number of foreign nationals

                512,019 people

                • Turkey
                • Poland
                • Syria
                • Russia
                • Vietnam
                 

                Important industries
                 
                • Health/life sciences
                • Information, communications, media, creative industries
                • Manufacturing trade
                 

                Regional characteristics
                 
                • Cosmopolitan metropolis with international appeal
                • Create and innovative start-ups
                • Science and research landscape that is unique in Germany
                 
                Information on the state Berlin.de
                The official Berlin website (German, English, Italian, French, Chinese, Polish, Turkish, Russian)
                www.berlin.de/en

                Talent in Berlin
                Information website for new residents of Berlin (German, English)
                http://www.talent-berlin.de/en

                Visit Berlin

                Provides plenty of information for people wanting to visit Berlin (German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, French, Japanese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish)
                www.visitberlin.de/en

                Information for immigrants Integration courses
                Comprehensive information on both general and specialised integration courses (German, English, French, Spanish)
                www.berlin.de/vhs/kurse/deutsch-integration/integrationskurse/integration-courses-403809.en.php

                Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                Central points of initial contact for having your international qualifications recognized (German, English, Russian, Spanish, Turkish)
                http://www.berlin.netzwerk-iq.de/ 
                http://www.talent-berlin.de/en/working-in-berlin/professional-recognition/

                Info packages for immigrants
                Important information on registration, visa requirements, finding a place to stay, finding a job, further training, health, etc. (German, English, Arabic, French, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish).
                http://www.berlin.de/lb/intmig/veroeffentlichungen/willkommen-in-berlin/

                Welcome Service

                Welcome Center Berlin 
                All relevant information on “Arriving in Berlin“ (German, English)
                http://www.berlin.de/willkommenszentrum/en/

                Business Welcome Service in Berlin

                (German, English)
                https://www.ihk-berlin.de/English/en/Working_in_Berlin/Visa/Business_Immigration_Service/2260074


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                Bremen

                Bremen is innovative and creative, but laid back at the same time – as is typical for the North of Germany. Positive people as well as performance-driven business and research make Brandenburg an attractive location for professionals. Parks, cultural diversity, lively towns and the vicinity to the sea mean that you’ll truly be able to enjoy your free time.

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                Bremen

                Bremen is innovative and creative, but laid back at the same time – as is typical for the North of Germany. Positive people as well as performance-driven business and research make Brandenburg an attractive location for professionals. Parks, cultural diversity, lively towns and the vicinity to the sea mean that you’ll truly be able to enjoy your free time.

                The largest cities

                Bremen (551,767 inhabitants)
                Bremerhaven (110,121 inhabitants)

                Area

                419,38 km²

                Population

                671,489 inhabitants

                Average age

                44.0 years

                Birth rate

                1.46 children per woman

                Number of foreign nationals

                92.814 people

                The five largest countries of origin are:

                • Turkey
                • Poland
                • Bulgaria
                • Syria
                • Russian Federation

                Important industries

                • Automotive engineering
                • Aerospace engineering
                • Logistics and ports
                • Shipbuilding
                • Wind power
                • Food
                • Health and care
                • Information and communications

                Regional characteristics

                • Important aerospace engineering location
                • State consists of two cities
                • Excellent business location, home to a University of Excellence, among others.

                Information on the state

                Bremen.de
                Comprehensive information about Bremen
                (German)
                http://landesportal.bremen.de/

                Working in Bremen

                Job portal for professionals (German, English)
                http://www.bremen.de/home

                The Key to Bremen
                How to spend your free time in Bremen (German)
                http://www.bremen.de/culture-and-leisure


                Information for immigrants


                Integration language courses
                Information on course locations and fees, advice on the right course to choose, and registration.
                (German)
                http://www.pbwbremen.de/index.php/deutsch-lernen/integrationskurse

                Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                Points of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
                http://prozesskette-bremen.de/anerkennungsberatung-und-begleitung/

                Welcome Centers Unternehmensservice Bremen
                (German, English, Polish, Russian, Turkish)
                http://www.unternehmensservice-bremen.de/en/home/
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                Bavaria

                Beautiful natural landscapes, friendly people, attractive economy: Bavaria is a truly fascinating state. Its economy is booming, and its labour market offers plenty of opportunities for international professionals. In addition to well-known global players, many SMEs with an international focus and businesses with a longstanding tradition also call Bavaria their home and are always looking for qualified staff.

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                Bavaria

                Beautiful natural landscapes, friendly people, attractive economy: Bavaria is a truly fascinating state. Its economy is booming, and its labour market offers plenty of opportunities for international professionals. In addition to well-known global players, many SMEs with an international focus and businesses with a longstanding tradition also call Bavaria their home and are always looking for qualified staff.

                Capital

                Munich

                The three largest cities

                Munich (1,429,584 inhabitants)
                Nuremberg (501,072 inhabitants)
                Augsburg (281,111 inhabitants)

                Area

                70,550.11 km²

                Population

                12,843,514 inhabitants

                Average age

                43.6 years

                Birth rate

                1.45 children per woman

                Number of foreign nationals

                1,370,918 people

                The five largest countries of origin are:

                • Turkey
                • Romania
                • Poland
                • Italy
                • Austria
                 


                Important industries

                 
                • Metal industry, automotive industry and mechanical engineering
                • Electrical engineering and electronics
                • IT
                • Biotechnology
                • Medical, energy and environmental technology
                • Healthcare
                 


                Regional characteristics

                 
                • Highly dynamic economy
                • Lowest unemployment rate of all German states
                • Attractive tourist destination offering many leisure activities
                 

                 Information on the state

                Bayern.de
                Portal providing comprehensive information about Bavaria (German, English, French, Spanisch, Italian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese)
                http://www.welcomedahoam.com/en/

                Information for immigrants

                Work in Bavaria
                Information on living and working in Bavaria, as well as information on language and integration courses for foreign professionals (German, English)
                https://www.work-in-bavaria.de/en/employees/

                Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                Three places to turn to in order to have foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
                www.stmas.bayern.de/berufsbildung/anerkennung-ausland

                Study and Stay in Bavaria
                Information about higher education opportunities in Bavaria and how international students can make the most of them (German, English)
                www.work-in-bavaria.de/en/employees/work/study/study-and-stay/

                Welcome Center

                Service Center for International Professionals in Munich
                Support in finding a job and settling in Munich
                (German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Arabic, Chinese)
                www.muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Department-of-Public-Order/Foreigners-Office/International-professionals

                Welcome Center im Landkreis Roth
                Service centre for international professionals
                (German)
                http://unternehmerfabrik.de/hp417/Fuer-Fachkraefte.htm

                Welcome Center Altmühlfranken
                Service centre for international professionals
                (German, Spanish)
                www.welcome.altmuehlfranken.de/

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                Saxony

                Saxony is an excellent location for international companies and has developed rapidly in the last couple of years. This may be due to its attractive position between Western and Eastern Europe, as well as to its population’s affinity with all matters technical: Saxony boasts the highest number of students who graduate with degrees in engineering, manufacturing and construction each year.

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                Saxony

                Saxony is an excellent location for international companies and has developed rapidly in the last couple of years. This may be due to its attractive position between Western and Eastern Europe, as well as to its population’s affinity with all matters technical: Saxony boasts the highest number of students who graduate with degrees in engineering, manufacturing and construction each year.

                Capital

                Dresden

                The three largest cities

                Dresden (536,308 inhabitants)
                Leipzig (544,479 inhabitants)
                Chemnitz (243,521 inhabitants)

                Area

                18,420.25 km²

                Population

                4,084,851 inhabitants

                Average age

                46.8 years

                Birth rate

                1.57 children per woman

                Number of foreign nationals

                128,303 people

                The five largest countries of origin are:

                • Syria
                • Poland
                • Russian Federation
                • Vietnam
                • Ukraine

                Important industries

                • Mechanical and plant engineering
                • Automotive industry
                • Information and Communications Technology(ICT)/microelectronics
                • Environmental engineering and energymanagement

                    Regional characteristics

                    • Cradle of German mechanical engineering
                    • Famous for traditional arts and crafts, such as Christmas decorations, the “Dresdner Christstollen” Christmas bakery and Meissen porcelain
                    • Beautiful natural landscapes from the Dresden Elbe valley to the Saxon Switzerland national park, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the Ore Mountains

                     Information on the state

                    Sachsen.de
                    Comprehensive information about Saxony, including facts and figures for newcomers and lists of things to see and do (German, English, French, Polish, Serbian, Spanish, Czech)
                    http://www.sachsen.de/en/index.html

                    SIMPLY SAXONY
                    Advertising campaign for the Free State of Saxony (German, English)
                    http://www.simply-saxony.com/


                    Information for immigrants Zuwanderung für Sachsen
                    Information for immigrants (German, English, French, Spanish)
                    http://www.sachsen.de/en/2522.htm 

                    Recognition authority and advisory centre
                    Point of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
                    http://www.netzwerk-iq-sachsen.de/teilprojekte/ibas/

                    Stellenmarkt Sachsen
                    Job vacancies and vocational training available in Saxony (German)
                    http://www.stellenmarkt.sachsen.de/

                    Invest in Saxony
                    Facts and figures about Saxony as a business location (e.g. German, English)
                    http://www.invest-in-saxony.net/en/Startseite_EN/97770.html 

                    Welcome Centers Welcome Center in Dresden
                    Information on living and working in Dresden (German, English)
                    http://welcome.dresden.de/en/index_en.php

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                    Saxony-Anhalt

                    A dynamic business environment set at the heart of Europe, high levels of direct investment, excellent universities and a host of research institutions all contribute to Saxony-Anhalt’s attractiveness for professionals. Excellent childcare, affordable rent and moderate prices for land also contribute to good living conditions.

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                    Saxony-Anhalt

                    A dynamic business environment set at the heart of Europe, high levels of direct investment, excellent universities and a host of research institutions all contribute to Saxony-Anhalt’s attractiveness for professionals. Excellent childcare, affordable rent and moderate prices for land also contribute to good living conditions.

                    Capital

                    Magdeburg

                    The three largest cities

                    Halle an der Saale (232,470  inhabitants)
                    Magdeburg (232,306 inhabitants)
                    Dessau-Roßlau (83.061 inhabitants)

                    Area

                    20,451.68 km²

                    Population

                    2,245,470 inhabitants

                    Average age

                    47,3 years

                    Birth rate

                    1,50 children per woman

                    Number of foreign nationals

                    66,118 people

                    The five largest countries of origin are:

                    • Syria
                    • Poland
                    • Romania
                    • Russian Federation
                    • Vietnam
                       

                    Important industries

                    • Chemicals and synthetic materials industry
                    • Mechanical and plant engineering
                    • Automotive supplier industry
                    • Metal production and processing
                    • Fabrication of metal products
                    • Food industry
                    • Renewable energies
                    • Logistics
                    • IT with a focus on software development for producing companies
                    • Medical devices industry

                    Regional characteristics

                    • traditionally strong in innovations
                    • birthplace of Martin Luther, founder of the reformation, and of the first German emperor, Otto I
                    • four UNESCO world heritage sites, thus land with highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites

                    Information on the state

                    Sachsen-Anhalt.de
                    Comprehensive information about Saxony-Anhalt (German, English, French).
                    http://www.sachsen-anhalt.de/lang/english/welcome/

                    Landesinitiative Fachkraft im Fokus Sachsen-Anhalt
                    Portal for qualified professionals including vacancies (German)
                    www.fachkraft-im-fokus.de/

                    Invest in Saxony-Anhalt
                    Facts and figures about Saxony-Anhalt as a business location (German, English, Italian)
                    www.invest-in-saxony-anhalt.com

                    Information for immigrants














                    Welcome Center


                    Portal for securing a skilled workforce
                    Information, contacts and vacancies for international qualified profession-als (German, English, French)
                    http://www.sachsen-anhalt.de/lang/english/welcome/
                     
                    Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                    Initial points of contact in Saxony-Anhalt
                    for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German, English)
                    http://www.sachsen-anhalt.netzwerk-iq.de/anerkennung.html

                    Fachkräfteportal für Mitteldeutschland
                    Information and job vacancies for the metropolitan region of central Germany (German)
                    http://www.mitteldeutschland.com/de/page/fachkraefteportale-fuer-mitteldeutschland

                    WelcomeCenter Saxony-Anhalt
                    (German, English)
                    http://www.welcomecenter-sachsen-anhalt.de/en/home-en.html

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                    Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

                    Northern landscapes, the beautiful Baltic seaside, clear lakes, open fields, untouched nature, a maritime flair and lots of space – all of that defines Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – a place to live. As a business location, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern relies on a healthy mix of innovative, future-oriented industries and traditional businesses, global players and SMEs. Together, they offer interesting opportunities and perspectives for qualified workers and managers.

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                    Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

                    Northern landscapes, the beautiful Baltic seaside, clear lakes, open fields, untouched nature, a maritime flair and lots of space – all of that defines Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – a place to live. As a business location, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern relies on a healthy mix of innovative, future-oriented industries and traditional businesses, global players and SMEs. Together, they offer interesting opportunities and perspectives for qualified workers and managers.

                    Capital

                    Schwerin

                    The three largest cities

                    Rostock (204,167 inhabitants)
                    Schwerin (92,138 inhabitants)
                    Neubrandenburg (63,311 inhabitants)

                    Area

                    23,213.70 km²

                    Population

                    1,621,362 inhabitants

                    Average age

                    46.5  years

                    Birth rate

                    1.49  children per woman

                    Number of foreign nationals

                    46,809 people

                    The five largest countries of origin are:

                    • Syria
                    • Poland
                    • Ukraine
                    • Russian Federation
                    • Afghanistan
                    • Romania

                    Important industries

                    • Healthcare
                    • Trade and commerce
                    • Construction industry
                    • Tourism 
                    • Agricultural and food industries
                     

                    Regional characteristics

                    • a unique natural and cultural landscape in combination with famous festivals and museums make for a high quality of life
                    • innovative industries and state-of-the-art research offer excellent opportunities for qualified workers, managers and their families
                    • studying by the sea: study between beach and lecture halls at both universities with a longstanding tradition and modern universities

                    Information on the state

                    Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: The Best of Northern Germany.
                    Insights into education and science, nature and nutrition, cultural highlights and the economy of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as a place to live. (German, English).
                    en.mecklenburg-vorpommern.de/homepage/

                    Durchstarten in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
                    Information on vocational training in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (German)
                    www.durchstarten-in-mv.de/   

                    Studieren mit Meerwert
                    Information for students (German)
                    http://www.sea-your-future.de/en/home.html

                    Information for immigrants Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Dienstleistungsportal
                    Information on the right of residence and on integration courses (German)
                    http://www.service.m-v.de/cms/DLP_prod/DLP/Lebenslagen/Buerger/
                    Zuwanderung/index.jsp


                    Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                    Initial points of contact for having your international qualifications recognised in the Mecklenburg regions of Mittleres Mecklenburg/Nordvorpommern, Westmecklenburg and Mecklenburgische Seenplatte/Vorpommern-Greifswald (German).
                    http://www.mecklenburg-vorpommern.netzwerk-iq.de/1008.html

                    MV 4 you
                    Portal for qualified professionals including job openings (German, English)
                    www.mv4you.de 
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                    Saarland

                    From a traditional mining and steel location, the state of Saarland has evolved into a modern, international business region. Positioned in the Southwest of Germany bordering France and Luxembourg, Saarland boasts beautiful landscapes and a low cost of living. Short distances and friendly people who are committed to their communities – that’s what modern, vibrant Saarland is all about.

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                    Saarland

                    From a traditional mining and steel location, the state of Saarland has evolved into a modern, international business region. Positioned in the Southwest of Germany bordering France and Luxembourg, Saarland boasts beautiful landscapes and a low cost of living. Short distances and friendly people who are committed to their communities – that’s what modern, vibrant Saarland is all about.

                    Capital

                     Saarbrücken

                    The three largest cities

                     Saarbrücken (176,926 inhabitants)
                     Neunkirchen (45,794 inhabitants)
                     Homburg (41,504 inhabitants)

                    Area

                     2,568.69 km²

                    Population

                     995,597 inhabitants

                    Average age

                     46.1 years

                    Birth rate

                     1.35 children per woman

                    Number of foreign nationals

                      81,850 people

                     The five largest countries of origin are:

                    • Italy
                    • Syria
                    • Turkey
                    • France
                    • Romania
                       
                     


                    Important industries

                     
                    • Automotive engineering and supplying industry
                    • Mechanical engineering
                    • Steel industry
                    • Software development/IT
                    • Health
                     


                    Regional characteristics

                     
                    • free cross-border flow of workers and goods in the region
                    • many things to do in your free time, e.g. walking, good food, cultural offers
                    • highest level of home-ownership of all German states
                     


                    Information on the state


                    Saarland.de
                    Official website with information on Saarland (German)
                    www.saarland.de

                    Saarland University
                    Information for students from abroad (German, English, Spanish, French)
                    http://www.uni-saarland.de/international/in.html

                     

                    Information for immigrants
















                    Welcome Center
                    Advisory centre for foreign professional qualifications, SEAQ Saar
                    Central point of contact for having your foreign qualifications recognised (German)
                    http://www.saar-is.de/welcome-center/anerkennung-ausl-abschluesse-1/

                    Immigration and integration Saarbrücken
                    Information for immigrants (German, English, French)
                    http://www.saarbruecken.de/en

                    IHK Saarland
                    Information on vocational training and work for qualified professionals in Saarland
                    (German, English, French)
                    http://www.saarland.ihk.de

                    Welcome Center Saarland in Saarbrücken
                    Information for international migrants
                    http://willkommen.saarland/en/the-saarland-welcome-center/
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                    Rhineland-Palatinate

                    Rhineland-Palatinate is one of Europe’s high tech regions, with above-average economic strength and a focus on export.
                    Family-friendly infrastructures, excellent schools, universities and educational institutions as well as beautiful natural and cultural landscapes and the mighty rivers Rhine  and  Moselle  make Rhineland-Palatinate a lovely place to be.

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                    Rhineland-Palatinate

                    Rhineland-Palatinate is one of Europe’s high tech regions, with above-average economic strength and a focus on export.
                    Family-friendly infrastructures, excellent schools, universities and educational institutions as well as beautiful natural and cultural landscapes and the mighty rivers Rhine  and  Moselle  make Rhineland-Palatinate a lovely place to be.

                    Capital

                    Mainz

                    The three largest cities

                    Mainz (206.991 inhabitants)
                    Ludwigshafen am Rhein (163.832 inhabitants)
                    Koblenz (111.434 inhabitants)

                    Area

                    19.854,36 km2

                    Population

                    4.052.803 inhabitants

                    Average age

                    44,5 years

                    Birth rate

                    1,46 children per woman

                    Number of foreign nationals

                    348.006 people

                    The five largest nations of origin are:

                    • Turkey
                    • Poland
                    • Italy
                    • Romania
                    • Syria

                    Important industries

                    • Chemicals and pharmaceuticals
                    • Automotive engineering (incl. suppliers)
                    • Metal production and processing, mechanical engineering

                    Regional characteristics

                    • top European business location with strong industries and excellent educational infrastructure, located at the heart of Europe
                    • warm and welcoming people, fascinating natural landscapes at the heart of Europe
                    • Rhineland-Palatinate: innovative, modern, sustainable

                    Information on the state

                    RLP.de
                    Official website offering information on Rhineland-Palatinate (German)
                    https://www.rlp.de/de/startseite/

                    Rhineland-Palatinate Location Finder
                    Database containing available commercial sites in Rhineland-Palatinate (German, English, French)
                    www.standortfinder.rlp.de

                    The Investment and Economic Development Bank of Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB)
                    Information on funding available for individuals wishing to set up their own business (German, English)
                    http://isb.rlp.de/en/home/


                    Information for immigrants













                    Welcome Center

                    Rhineland-Palatinate for qualified professionals
                    The official state portal with information for qualified professionals (German, English, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Polish, Italian)
                    https://www.fachkraefte.rlp.de/en/start/

                    Ministry for Families, Women, Youth, Integration and Consumer Protection
                    Information about integration and immigration (German)
                    http://mifkjf.rlp.de/integration/

                    Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                    Central point of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
                    http://www.iq-rlp.de/beratungsangebote

                    Welcome Center Rhineland-Palatinate
                    (German, English)
                    http://welcomecenter.rlp.de/english/
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                    Hesse

                    Home to one of the largest European airports, Hessen offers an excellent transport network. Frankfurt, as an international financial centre, has a strong influence on Hessen as a service region. Similarly, well-known international industrial companies define Hessen as a technology location at the heart of European markets.   Hessen also boasts beautiful nature reserves, historical castles and palaces, as well as the Rheingau vineyards which are renowned for its excellent wines all over the world.

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                    Hesse

                    Home to one of the largest European airports, Hessen offers an excellent transport network. Frankfurt, as an international financial centre, has a strong influence on Hessen as a service region. Similarly, well-known international industrial companies define Hessen as a technology location at the heart of European markets.   Hessen also boasts beautiful nature reserves, historical castles and palaces, as well as the Rheingau vineyards which are renowned for its excellent wines all over the world.

                    Capital

                    Wiesbaden

                    The three largest cities

                    Frankfurt am Main (717,624 inhabitants)
                    Wiesbaden (275,116 inhabitants)
                    Kassel (194,747 inhabitants)

                    Area

                    21.114,93 km²

                    Population

                    6.176.172 inhabitants

                    Average age

                    43,8 years

                    Birth rate

                    1,46 children per woman

                    Number of foreign nationals

                    823.290 people

                    The five largest countries of origin are:

                    • Turkey
                    • Poland
                    • Italy
                    • Romania
                    • Croatia

                    Important industries

                    • Automotive and supply industries
                    • Biotechnology
                    • Cultural and creative industries
                    • Financial services
                    • Aerospace
                    • Mechanical and plant engineering
                    • Medical technology
                    • Tourism

                    Regional characteristics

                    Information on the state

                    Hessen.de
                    Information on many aspects of Hessen, including politics and administration, events and its people (German, English)
                    www.english.hessen.de/

                    Work in Hessen
                    Practical information on living, working and studying in Hessen (German, English, Spanish)
                    www.work-in-hessen.com

                    Invest in Hessen
                    Facts and figures on Hessen as a business location (German, English, Chinese, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish)
                    http://www.invest-in-hessen.com/


                    Information for immigrants

                    Integrationskompass
                    Comprehensive information and publications on the topics of professionals and securing professionals for the labour market (German)
                    http://www.integrationskompass.de/hmdj/home/~byk/Zuwanderung/

                    Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                    IQ Netzwerk Hessen – the first place to go in Kassel, Gießen, Frankfurt and Wiesbaden to get recognition for diplomas acquired abroad and advice about qualifications (German)
                    http://www.hessen.netzwerk-iq.de/

                    Welcome Centers


                    Welcome Center in Frankfurt
                    (German, English, Spanish)

                    http://www.work-in-hessen.com/dynasite.cfm?dsmid=19019

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                    Brandenburg

                    Together with Berlin, Brandenburg forms Germany's capital region. The state has plenty to offer: While it is an industrial state, located at the centre of major European routes, it also benefits from beautiful natural landscapes which are perfect for recreation and leisure. Its 3000 lakes contribute to Brandenburg's quality of life. As a business location, Brandenburg has made considerable progress over last couple of years. Three times, it has been named the most dynamic business region in German and is a pioneer in renewable energies. Brandenburg has a lot to offer – not only for people of different professional backgrounds, but also for national and international companies. Presently, more than 400 companies with international participations call Brandenburg their home. 

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                    Brandenburg

                    Together with Berlin, Brandenburg forms Germany's capital region. The state has plenty to offer: While it is an industrial state, located at the centre of major European routes, it also benefits from beautiful natural landscapes which are perfect for recreation and leisure. Its 3000 lakes contribute to Brandenburg's quality of life. As a business location, Brandenburg has made considerable progress over last couple of years. Three times, it has been named the most dynamic business region in German and is a pioneer in renewable energies. Brandenburg has a lot to offer – not only for people of different professional backgrounds, but also for national and international companies. Presently, more than 400 companies with international participations call Brandenburg their home. 

                    Capital

                    Potsdam

                    The three largest cities

                    Potsdam (164.042 inhabitants)
                    Cottbus (99,491 inhabitants)
                    Brandenburg a.d. Havel (71,032 inhabitants)

                    Area

                    29,654,34 km²

                    Population

                    2.484.826 inhabitants

                    Average age

                    46,7 years

                    Birth rate

                    1,55 children per woman

                    Number of foreign nationals

                    71,560 people

                    The five largest countries of origin are:

                    • Poland
                    • Syria
                    • Russian Federation
                    • Ukraine
                    • Vietnam

                    Important industries

                    • Trade and commerce
                    • Logistics
                    • Aeronautical engineering
                    • Energy
                    • Automotive engineering
                    • Healthcare

                    Regional characteristics

                    • Potsdam, world heritage site and media and research hub, unites culture and science
                    • Brandenburg offers excellent conditions for logistics
                    • home to a number of flagship companies which produce state-of-the-art products and technologies

                    Information on the state

                    Brandenburg.de
                    The Brandenburg portal (German, English, Polish)
                    http://www.brandenburg.de/cms/detail.php/lbm1.c.392425.de
                     
                    Brandenburg Economic Development Board
                    Information on Brandenburg as a business location (German, English)
                    http://www.zab-brandenburg.de/en/Business-Location-Brandenburg/Location-Assets/Skilled-Workforce

                    Studying in Brandenburg
                    Information on courses offered and admission procedures (German, English)
                    https://www.studieren-in-brandenburg.de/

                    Information for immigrants

                    Brandenburg portal for qualified professionals
                    Information about life, work and research in Brandenburg (German, English, Polish)
                    http://www.fachkraefteportal-brandenburg.de/en/welcome-center.html

                    Recognition authorities and advisory centres
                    Points of initial contact for having your international qualifications recognised (German, English, Polish, Russian).
                    http://www.brandenburg.netzwerk-iq.de/erstanlaufstellen0.html?&L=1

                    Migration and work
                    Information on labour market access for foreign professionals (EU, non-EU), labour law provisions, exceptions (German)
                    http://www.vielfalt-brandenburg.de/?p=346

                    Welcome Centers

                    Welcome Center Frankfurt (Oder) / Eisenhüttenstadt
                    (German)
                    http://www.welcome-rwk.de/
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                    Schleswig-Holstein

                    Schleswig-Holstein is home to many beacons, and in more than one sense of the word. Many companies and research institutions are beacons of science and business as they are developing the technologies of the future. At the same time, you can discover many actual beacons and lighthouses as you walk along its 1,190 kilometres of coastline. If you feel like socialising, you’ll enjoy events such as the Kiel Week, the largest sailing event in the world, or the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival.

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                    Schleswig-Holstein

                    Schleswig-Holstein is home to many beacons, and in more than one sense of the word. Many companies and research institutions are beacons of science and business as they are developing the technologies of the future. At the same time, you can discover many actual beacons and lighthouses as you walk along its 1,190 kilometres of coastline. If you feel like socialising, you’ll enjoy events such as the Kiel Week, the largest sailing event in the world, or the Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival.

                    Capital

                    Kiel

                    The three largest cities

                    Kiel (243.148 inhabitants)
                    Lübeck (214.420 inhabitants)
                    Flensburg (84.694 inhabitants)

                    Area

                    15.802,49 km²

                    Population

                    2,858.714 inhabitants

                    Average age

                    44,9 years

                    Birth rate

                    1,48 children per woman

                    Number of foreign nationals

                    162.132 people

                    The five largest countries of origin are:

                    • Turkey
                    • Poland
                    • Syria
                    • Russian Federation
                    • Denmark

                     

                      Important industries

                      • Trade and logistics
                      • Pharmaceuticals
                      • Medical technology and veterinary medicine
                      • Tourism, sports and leisure

                      Regional characteristics

                      • Germany’s northernmost state, linking Germany with Scandinavia
                      • Positioned between North Sea and Baltic Sea
                      • Home to the mudflats, a World Natural Heritage Site, and the historical centre of Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

                      Information on the state

                      Schleswig-Holstein.de
                      Official website offering information on Schleswig-Holstein (German, English)
                      http://www.schleswig-holstein.de/EN/Home/home_node.html

                      Economic development and transfer of technology Schleswig-Holstein
                      Information on careers, hidden champions and innovations (German)
                      http://wtsh.de/?lang=en

                      Information for immigrants


                      Immigration-specific advisory services
                      Information on advisory services for immigrants, integration courses and naturalisation (German)
                      http://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Fachinhalte/I/integration/beratungsdienste.html

                      Recognition authority and advisory centre
                      Point of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)

                      www.iq-netzwerk-sh.de/angebote/beratung/

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                      Thuringia

                      Thuringia has become one of the most dynamic regions with the highest growth rates. By high flexibility and innovation, small and medium-sized companies access quickly to new market developments and offer high emloyment security for their employees. Thuringia is now considered as top location in the center of Europe. Life in Thuringia contributes to the feeling of well-being: Rich in quality of life, culturally diverse, family-friendly and modern.

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                      Thuringia

                      Thuringia has become one of the most dynamic regions with the highest growth rates. By high flexibility and innovation, small and medium-sized companies access quickly to new market developments and offer high emloyment security for their employees. Thuringia is now considered as top location in the center of Europe. Life in Thuringia contributes to the feeling of well-being: Rich in quality of life, culturally diverse, family-friendly and modern.

                      Capital

                      Erfurt

                      The three largest cities

                      Erfurt (206.219 inhabitants)
                      Jena (108.207 inhabitants)
                      Gera (94.492 inhabitants)

                      Area

                      16.202,14 km²

                      Population

                      2.170.714 inhabitants

                      Average age

                      46,8 years

                      Birth rate

                      1,55 children per woman

                      Number of foreign nationals

                      60.882 people

                      The five largest countries of origin are:

                      • Poland
                      • Russian Federation
                      • Romania
                      • Vietnam
                      • Syria
                      • Afghanistan

                      Important industries

                      • Mechanical engineering
                      • Metalworking industry
                      • Manufacture of electronic and optical instruments and tools
                      • Manufacture of motor vehicles and vehicle parts
                      • Healthcare and social care
                      • Medical devices industry
                      • Creative industry
                      • Biotechnology
                      • Micro- and nanotechnology
                      • Manufacture and installation of devices for using renewable energies (Greentech)

                      Regional characteristics

                      • High significance of research and development
                      • Excellent and broadly diversified study programmes
                      • Numerous cultural sites of national and international significance
                      • Varied landscapes with national- and nature parks

                      Information on the state

                      Discover Thuringia
                      Are you unsure of what to do in your spare time? Thuringia’s tourism website will provide the answers (German, English, Dutch, Japanese)
                      www.visit-thuringia.com

                      That's Thuringia
                      Website with information on careers and living in Thuringia (German, English)
                      http://www.das-ist-thueringen.de/en/home

                      Thuringian Market and Technology in Thuringia
                      “Market Champions” presents a selection of high-performing companies: market and technology leaders that offer impressive products and services in Germany, Europe or worldwide (German, English)
                      http://www.stark-am-markt.de/en/


                      Information for immigrants


                      IQ Landesnetzwerk Thüringen
                      Points of initial contact for having your foreign professional qualifications recognised (German)
                      http://www.iq-thueringen.de/

                      Thuringia helps.de
                      Online platform with various information for migrants, refugees, employers and workers (German, English)

                      http://www.thüringen-hilft.de/en/

                      Thuringian Agency for recruitment of qualified professionals (ThAFF)
                      Thuringian Agency for recruitment of qualified professionals (ThAFF) is the interlocutor for all those who plan their professional and private future in Thuringia. (German)
                      http://www.thaff-thueringen.de/


                      Welcome Centers

                      Welcome Center Thuringia
                      First contact point for people with a migration background. The Welcome Center can help migrants who would like or already has, trained, studied, successfully graduated, or completed an apprenticeship. (German, English)
                      http://www.welcome-to-thuringia.de/en/welcome-center/
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