GERMANY - 260,000 Immigrants Needed to Meet Labor Demands

Arno Froese

Germany needs at least 260,000 new migrant workers per year until 2060 in order to meet labor shortages caused by demographic decline, according to a study.

Of that number, 146,000 people each year would need to immigrate from non-EU member states, the research published by the Bertelsmann Foundation said.

Due to an aging population, the labor force in Germany is estimated to shrink by a third, or around 16 million people, by 2060 without immigration. Absent immigration, the labor shortage could have a devastating impact on [the] world’s fourth largest economy.

Under the calculated scenarios, the researchers assume that the birth rate is rising, more women are working and that the pension age is increased to 70.

The study estimated that 114,000 people would immigrate from other EU countries, but that demographic factors and economic convergence within the 28-member bloc would reduce the incentive for workers to settle and work in Germany.

Jörg Dräger, the executive director of the Bertelsmann Foundation, pointed out official numbers showed that only 38,000 workers came and stayed in Germany in 2017.

The findings of the study suggest Germany needs to rapidly adopt immigration laws to attract medium and high-skilled workers as well as develop more robust integration programs, he said.

-www.dw.com/en, 12 February 2019

Arno's commentary

What super-rich countries of the world such as Germany are experiencing places a question mark behind the much-publicized population explosion. A number of other successful countries are experiencing the same: loss of population. Japan, in particular, will need a large volume of immigrants to fill workplaces that are being vacated by those who retire.

In the meantime, Africa is leading the world in population gains, followed closely by Asia. The tendency is crystal clear: multiplicity of cultures is merely just beginning. Where will it lead? A united, global world governed by international laws, and ultimately ruled by one person: the devil’s masterpiece—Antichrist.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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