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2014-08-13: The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has launched a new competition called “Mit Vielfalt zum Erfolg” (With Diversity to Success) this week. Small and medium-sized companies, who put considerable efforts in recruiting and integrating foreign professionals into their company are welcome to take part in the competition. The best achievements will be awarded with a prize money of 10.000 Euro. For more information please click  here (German).


2014-08-01: The "EU Blue Card" successfully developed: Since its entry into force two years ago, more than 16,000 “EU Blue Cards” have been issued in Germany. Thus, the Federal Republic is the European leader in issuing the Permit. more



2014-07-21: In 2013 the number of international students at German universities reached a new peak. Compared to the previous year the number of students from abroad has increased by nearly 16,000 to more than 282,200. This is the result of the report "Wissenschaft weltoffen 2014", on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre for Research on Higher Education and Science Studies (DZHW). more


2014-06-25: According to a study of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) graduates from German universities are privately and professionally well integrated. The vast majority of the respondents indicated that they want to stay and work in Germany in the long term as well. International graduates can therefore contribute significantly to securing skilled labor in Germany. more


2014-06-11: To date the counselling hotline for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has been used by more than 20,000 people. Hence, the hotline has become an important advisory service for international professionals holding a foreign professional degree. more


2014-06-03: In 2013 more than 1.2 million people moved to Germany according to the latest surveys conducted by the Federal Statistical Office. Thus, the number of immigrants attained its highest level in 20 years. Such a high scale of immigration was last measured in 1993. more


2014-05-28: “Vielfalt unternehmen” – under the slogan “managing diversity” the German Diversity Day moves into its second round on June 3rd 2014. Likewise in 2013, companies, associations, foundations and organizations participate in the national-wide day of action. The aim is to draw attention to the issue of diversity within the working environment. more


2014-05-19: For the third time the OECD Better Life Initiative measures and compares the social well-being of people in 36 countries. The Better Life Index points out that life-satisfaction, health, education and work-life balance are the most important topics for a better life in Germany. more


2014-04-17: Engineers have excellent prospects on the German labor market. Already today the needs of qualified engineers and their specific expertise can’t be met in Germany. Therefore a lot of companies hiring qualified professionals from abroad. more


2014-03-25: The world's leading show for industrial technology will open in Hannover on April 7. “Make it in Germany” will take part of the Hannover Messe as well. Guests are invited to get to know the “Welcome in Germany Portal” for foreign qualified professionals every day from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm up to April 11 in exhibition hall 2. more



2014-03-18: In 2013 more than 7.8 million people who lived in Germany owned a foreign passport – this is more than ever before. At the same time the country is becoming increasingly popular for international students: More and more foreigners are about to start studying at German universities. more



2014-02-10: Germany as a place of studies becomes increasingly popular among international students. This is the result of the recent study „Ausländische Studierende in Deutschland 2012” on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. According to the survey, Germany was in 2012 the first choice for about 60 percent of the respondents studying in the country. In 2009 only 47 percent did say so. more



2014-01-27: The German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) and the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) regard the mobility of workers in Europe as a gain. Together they demand more welcoming culture to facilitate economic and social participation of immigrants. more



2014-01-21: In 2012, overall 28.310 foreign doctors were employed in Germany. Compared to 2011, this is an increase of 3.715 persons. A majority of immigrated doctors originates from one of the European countries. more



2014-01-09: By the end of the year 2013 the "Make it in Germany" portal for international qualified professionals www.make-it-in-germany.com reached a new record of 3 million visitors. 90 per cent of all users came from outside Germany. more


2014-01-02: For workers from Bulgaria and Romania transitional arrangements ended on 31 December 2013. Since the start of the year these citizens enjoy unrestricted access to the German labour market. more


2013-12-23: After finishing studies at German universities, international students are provided with great career opportunities in Germany. This is the result of a study conducted by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW). Accordingly, immigrants who obtained their academic degrees in German universities are well integrated in the labour market. more


2013-12-19: For the third time, the Deutsche Post presents the "Glücksatlas", a survey of life satisfaction in Germany. A special focus in this year’s edition is the subject integration. The study hereby examines how satisfied migrants in Germany are. more


2013-11-13: On 18th November from 14:00 to 17:00, the Female Migrants Forum organizes an expert chat on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications. The forum is an initiative of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. more


2013-10-28: In the year 2012, almost 7,500 foreign professional qualifications were recognized and only 522 were rejected. This shows that skills and potentials of people who obtained their vocational or professional qualification abroad are valued. more


2013-10-21: The International Placement Service (ZAV) reports positive news after nine months of „The Job of my Life”: The program is perceived as positive by young people who are interested in finding an apprenticeship position in Germany. Employers also benefit from the fact that young Europeans can fill their vacancies. more


2013-10-07: Within the last five years the Alumniportal Deutschland has become a popular social network to connect people from around the world. Today, more than 76,000 members have joined the network. more


2013-09-19: In this year’s Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Germany ranks 4th. According to the WEF, a significant factor for this success is the high capacity for innovation in German companies. more


2013-09-12: Owing to the demographic change, the majority of Germans expect a shortage of skilled labour in the future. Therefore, German citizens welcome particularly international professionals on the German labour market. more


2013-08-15: The German new residence permit “EU Blue Card” has been very successful to date. Since last year, high skilled professionals from around the world can work in Germany with the new residence permit. In the last elf months nearly 9.000 EU Blue Cards were already issued to international professionals. more


2013-07-29: According to the new OECD publication Germany is the most popular non-English-speaking country of destination for international students. It is the third most popular country worldwide. more


2013-07-19: More and more companies in Germany promote the reconciliation of work and family-life. This family-friendly attitude makes them particular attractive employers. more


2013-07-02: Recently published by the OECD, "Education at a Glance" certifies Germany’s particular success in the area of education. This is mainly due to the tradition of dual vocational training in Germany. The OECD publication also points to good job perspectives for academics in Germany. more


2013-06-10: On 11 June 2013 Germany celebrates the 1st German Diversity-Day. Companies, clubs, foundations and associations are invited to participate. Activities throughout Germany will promote the idea of diversity. more


2013-06-03: More than 26,000 people from 25 countries were surveyed in this year’s annual Country Ratings Poll for BBC. The global influence of 16 countries was evaluated. Germany came out top. more


2013-05-17: On May 14th 2013 the second demography summit held by the Federal Government took place in Berlin. First results regarding the demographic strategy were to be presented within this summit. One of the key subjects includes attracting skilled workers to Germany and creating a welcoming culture. more


2013-04-30: On April 1st 2012 the recognition act came into effect. Ever since, around 30,000 applications for vocational recognition were submitted. The outcome is very successful as in two thirds of all cases a full equivalence of foreign qualifications could be certificated.  Hence, the recognition act makes a sustainable contribution to securing a skilled labor force in Germany. more


2013-04-22: The pilot project “Promotion of legal mobility of highly qualified professionals from Tunisia” mediates 100 engineers for a six-month internship to German companies. mehr


2013-04-17: The new touring exhibition „Yes, we’re open – Willkommen in Deutschland“ will be launched in Berlin on Wednesday (2013-04-17). The exhibition promotes Germany as an attractive and welcoming country for international professionals. For a total of two years the exhibition shall be touring Germany. more


2013-04-11: On April 3rd 2013 the International Placement Service (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) together with the labor administration of Bosnia and Herzegovina concluded a cooperation agreement. Hence, the agreement now also entitles caregivers from Bosnia and Herzegovina to take up employment in German. more


2013-04-04: “Opening Opportunities“: In line with this motto, the heads of PASCH-schools in South and Southeast Asia got to know The Qualified Professionals Initiative. Additionally, they found out which possibilities Germany offers their pupils. more


2013-03-26: Germany needs more caregivers. Currently, about 10,000 jobs are vacant in the field of geriatric nursing. In order to counteract the shortage of skilled workers the International Placement Service (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) signed a conciliation agreement with the Philippines in Manila on March 19th. Hence, transnational cooperation is expanded beyond European borders. more


2013-03-08: Currently, many European countries face a high level of youth unemployment. Meanwhile, numerous apprenticeship positions remain vacant in Germany. With the special program "Mobipro-EU", the Federal Government grants a number of support services in order to help young Europeans who are interested in finding an apprenticeship position in Germany. more


2013-01-31: The new web portal of the Goethe-Institut, “Mein Weg nach Deutschland” offers a broad range of innovative language learning opportunities, relevant information for newcomers as well as a guide to get professional advice on migration issues. more


2012-12-07: At the beginning of the winter term 2012-2013 the Goethe-Institut and the TU9 Universities - the leading Institutes of Technology in Germany - agreed on cooperation. The cooperation aims at facilitating the access to study at a TU9 University for graduates of German partner schools abroad. more


2012-11-22: Federal Minister Annette Schavan met with her Portuguese counterpart Nuno Crato to sign an agreement in vocational training which aimed at enabling young people a better transition into the labor market. Besides the exchange of trainees and students, regular meetings of education professionals and experts are planned. more


2012-11-16: In Germany 140,000 vacancies could not be filled by the companies in the first half-year of 2011. This equates to 22 percent of all vacancies. Furthermore companies expect an increase of the shortage of skilled workers in the future. That is the result of a current study conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB). more


2012-10-29: In the winter semester 2012-2013 the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Regensburg started a post-qualification study programme with support of the Mercator foundation. Academics who have completed their studies abroad can obtain a German academic degree. more


2012-10-18: On 21 October international professionals from the Rhine-Main area can visit the Newcomers Festival and learn more about the diversity of the region as business location and place for living. more


2012-10-05: The number of international graduates has increased by 8 percent. Furthermore, 88,000 international students started their studies in Germany in the academic year 2011. With that, Germany is ranked number 5 on the list of the most attractive study destinations worldwide. more


2012-09-24: Germany maintains its position at 6th place. This is the result of the current Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Along with Finland and Sweden Germany takes a top position in the EU-area. more


2012-09-17: On 5 September 2012 the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) and the Spanish Association of Chambers of Commerce have adopted an agreement on dual vocational training. This allows unemployed young people in Spain to profit from new professional perspectives. more

2012-09-13: With the beginning of the new training year in Germany over 100,000 apprenticeship positions remained vacant. On the other hand, European countries most affected by the debt crisis suffer from high rates of youth unemployment. As shown in a new video post an apprenticeship in Germany offers good prospects for young jobseekers. more


2012-09-03: The Alumniportal Germany provides a new webinar about migration and development: „People on the Move – Migration for Development“. From 5 September 2012, experts present their knowledge and experiences in the field of migration and development cooperation. more


2012-08-01: The EU Directive on the Blue Card gets part of German law in Germany at 01 August 2012. It is designed to make the immigration process easier and Germany more attractive for skilled workers of non- EU countries. For members of EU states there is freedom of movement in terms of their stay. more


2012-07-13: A recently released study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) shows that immigration had a significant impact on securing skilled labour in Germany during the last decade. more