Newsletter 01/2023: International students as the skilled workers of tomorrow
Dear reader,
Welcome to the new issue of the ‘Make it in Germany’ newsletter. Keep up to date with the key developments in the field of immigration of skilled workers in Germany. Your ‘Make it in Germany’ team wishes you an enjoyable read!
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Can Germany’s universities act as a gateway for qualified migrants? More than a third of international students from non-EU countries stay in Germany for a longer period. When it comes to filling vacancies, German companies should therefore be open towards this promising target group. This article explains what you need to bear in mind concerning their access to the labour market.  
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Did you know that…?
28% of the former international students still living in Germany had German citizenship after ten years.
Source: Statistisches Bundesamt (Destatis), 2022.
Updates on 'Make it in Germany'
Jamal has made it: As a qualified professional from abroad, he is making an active contribution to the German energy transition – in a solar energy company in Rhineland-Palatinate.
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When do potential skilled foreign workers have to go through a recognition procedure? What alternatives are there to the recognition procedure? These are questions that concern not only foreign job-seekers, but also employers. The new diagram on “Make it in Germany” provides an overview of the cases where recognition is a prerequisite for access to the German labour market.
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Guest article
A group of international people checking documents
Many German universities advise international students on how to navigate the labour market, one of them being Leipzig University. This is where a Career Service was established as a project in 2010; since October 2016, it has placed a special emphasis on international students. What exactly does the Career Service for Internationals at Leipzig University do? We chatted briefly to Ms Susanne Benko, staff member of the service centre, about this.
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