IT federation calls for migration law reform

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18 December 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Germany's IT industry called Monday for urgent reform of the nation's immigration laws to help meet the labour shortages that have emerged among employers and to help underpin the sector's growth.


18 December 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Germany's IT industry called Monday for urgent reform of the nation's immigration laws to help meet the labour shortages that have emerged among employers and to help underpin the sector's growth.

"We are calling for the introduction of a point system based on criteria for qualification, age and language skills," said Joerg Menno Harms, vice president of Germany's Federation for Telecommunications, IT and New Media (BITKOM) in an interview with German radio.

He was speaking ahead of Germany's first national IT conference, which is being sponsored by the German government and is being held Monday in Potsdam, near Berlin.

Harms said anyone who fulfilled the criteria set out in the points system should be allowed to stay in Germany on a long-term basis.

A reform of the immigration was urgently needed, said Harms, who in particular criticised the provision requiring those seeking to move to Germany for jobs with a minimum annual income of 84,000 euros.

Labour Office data shows job vacancies in Germany surging by 44.4 per cent over the last 12 months following the nation's solid economic pickup this year.

But although German unemployment continues to hover around 10 per cent, analysts say the growing shortage of skilled workers in Germany is likely to be accentuated in the coming years by the nation's ageing and shrinking population as well as migration of people out of the country.

DPA

Subject: German news

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