Spahn wants clear criteria for foreign specialists

Jens Spahn, via dts news agency
Jens Spahn, via dts news agency

Before the specialist summit in the Chancellery on Monday, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) spoke out for clear criteria for the immigration of foreign specialists. “Most foreign professionals work in health and care. Our aging society needs more medical personnel than it can train, ”Spahn told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Sunday editions).

That is why we are looking for “help abroad that suits us: motivated, well qualified and willing to live our values. That is exactly the immigration that we want ”. Structures to bring foreign nurses to Germany much faster are in the works, said the Minister of Health. The Federal Government's Integration Commissioner, Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU), also called for targeted efforts to attract foreign specialists in the course of the new skilled worker immigration law: "The more specifically we name professional groups that are in shortage, and select regions in which we particularly look for skilled workers Pursue intensely, the more successful the law will be, ”said the CDU politician. At the same time, she warned against making old mistakes: “We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. It was wrong not to systematically integrate the so-called guest workers of the 50s and 60s. Today we need a clear commitment that immigration of skilled workers is about more than workers, ”said Widmann-Mauz to the newspapers of the Funke media group. Companies, associations and municipalities should promote the integration of foreign specialists in all areas of life. "What the Turkish miner of the first generation of guest workers lacked must be given to today's Filipino nurse," continued the integration officer. Companies, associations and mayors who wanted to integrate foreign specialists and who were hostile to it would also have to be supported. This Monday, in addition to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU), Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD), Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (SPD), Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU), Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD) will take part in the specialist summit in the Federal Chancellery. , Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek (CDU), Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD), Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn and Integration Officer Annette Widmann-Mauz, the Funke Media Group newspapers report, citing their own information. There are also representatives from the federal states, the trade unions, the Federal Employment Agency and the large business and employer associations. The focus of the summit is the concrete implementation of the skilled workers immigration law, which will enter into force on March 1, 2020. ()