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Shortage of staff: Interior Minister Faeser plans immigration concept to help gastronomy


In order to alleviate the shortage of staff in restaurants and hotels, Interior Minister Faeser wants to "bring good workers to Germany". The FDP even calls for a radical change in immigration policy.

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Service in a restaurant in Stuttgart: »Bring good workers to Germany«

Photo: Christoph Schmidt / dpa

The traffic light government sees the key to the labor shortage in many sectors in a readjustment of immigration policy.

According to the special regulation for airport staff, the federal government is also planning a simplified immigration of workers from abroad for the hospitality industry.

"The labor shortage has become much worse as a result of the pandemic," said Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser of the dpa news agency.

There is a massive shortage of workers and skilled workers in air transport, as well as in the catering and hotel sectors.

"Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and I know that we have to make things easier for foreign workers there," said Faeser.

Together with Heil (SPD), she will therefore propose changes this year "to bring good workers to Germany".

Due to momentous bottlenecks at German airports, the federal government had promised quick regulations so that the operators could temporarily hire staff more easily.

The workforce that is lacking in baggage handling, among other things, is to be recruited primarily in Turkey.

Faeser wants »acceptance among the population«

In order to make Germany more attractive for skilled workers, "a lot of homework needs to be done," explained Faeser.

"We need faster recognition of professional qualifications and less bureaucracy," said the SPD politician.

Together with Heil and Minister of Education Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP), she is working intensively on it.

In addition, it must be clear that this is not about wage dumping, but “about good, collectively bargained jobs that people can live on”.

Here the government is on the side of the unions.

Faeser emphasized that on the way to modern immigration law, she pays "very close attention to balanced solutions and acceptance by the population".

»Anyone who can make a living from the work of their own hands must be allowed to work immediately«

The chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Christian Dürr, spoke out in favor of widespread immigration to Germany.

»After the guest worker phase in the 1960s and 1970s, the labor market closed itself off.

This attitude has never really been broken," Dürr told the "Welt am Sonntag".

Hundreds of thousands of people who have been living in Germany for years have even been kept out of the labor market.

“The opposite must be the case.

Today the motto has to be: Anyone who can make a living from the work of their own hands must be allowed to work immediately,” demanded Dürr.

The government led by the Union made a historic mistake, he said, referring to Angela Merkel's time in office.

When the baby boomers retire, there will be people in the labor market that are half their size.

"It's about urgently needed immigration at all levels in the labor market," said Dürr.

“Anyone who can make a living from the work of their own hands is welcome.

After all, he pays taxes and pays into the pension.«


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2022-07-04

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