Migration: German labor market needs immigrants from non-EU

260,000 immigrants per year
:German labor market needs migrants from non-EU

Labor migrants

An asylum seeker from Somalia works in a company on a steel segment (symbol).



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According to a study, the German labor market needs at least 260,000 immigrants each year in the medium and long term. In view of the aging society without migration, the supply of labor will shrink massively by around 20 million people by 2060, ie by almost a third. This predicts an investigation commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation, which was published on Tuesday in Gtersloh.

Immigration from other EU countries will decrease in the future compared to previous years. Because economic power and quality of life are likely to approach gradually and the charm sinks to look for a job in Germany. As a result, immigration from non-EU third countries is becoming increasingly important. The stressed experts of the Institute for Employment Research and the University of Coburg, who had taken the next four decades in the view.

Immigration from EU countries decreases

An annual average of 114,000 new entrants from other EU countries and 146,000 from third countries are needed to limit the demographic-related decline in the supply of labor to an “economically acceptable level”. Immigration from other EU countries was still strong in recent years – in 2017, with a balance of around 250,000 people, according to the study.

However, as the immigration from the EU declines, the need for third-country immigrants will grow: by 2035, the German labor market will need nearly 98,000 annually, between 2036 and 2050 nearly 170,000 every year, and between 2051 and 2060, almost 200,000 immigrants from non-EU countries. That makes an average of 146,000 migrants from third countries per year from 2018 to 2060. (AP)