GERMANY - The Worker Shortage Dilemma

Arno Froese

Worker-starved Germany will ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers, including giving well-integrated, irregular migrants who are employed a shot at staying in the country, ministers said.

Migrants without residency permits who are awaiting decisions on their asylum applications or their deportation may get to stay if they are gainfully employed and can show they have joined the fabric of German society.

Jobseekers from outside the European Union—including, for example, cooks, metallurgy workers or IT technicians—can also come to Germany for six months to try to find employment, provided they speak German.

Manpower from within the EU bloc of around 500 million people would not suffice to keep the German economy ticking, the coalition said.

“That’s why we need workers from third countries,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told a press conference about the strategy that has yet to be passed by parliament and become law.

At the same time, the ministers were at pains to stress the continued “separation of asylum and employment migration,” mindful that Germany has been deeply polarized by the arrival of more than one million asylum seekers since 2015.

With unemployment at a record low since reunification, companies in Europe's biggest economy have been complaining that a chronic shortage in workers is threatening growth.

In the areas of mathematics, computing, natural sciences and technology, a record 338,200 jobs went unfilled in September, reported business weekly Handelsblatt, quoting data from the Cologne-based German Economic Institute.

Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said the new rules will be of particular help to Germany’s small- and medium-sized companies, “which in the past have suffered as they are in competition with big companies that have poached the well-trained people.”, 2 October 2018

Arno's commentary

Many voices are being heard throughout the world in opposition to migrants—legal or illegal—and at least equally as many voices openly declaring that Germany needs more immigrants. 

But the above article makes it clear that immigrants are needed.

Immigrants, called guest workers, for Germany is nothing new. The first wave of guest workers, primarily from Turkey, came at the beginning of the 1960s. Wikipedia writes: “During the 1950s and 1960s, West Germany signed bilateral recruitment agreements with a number of countries: Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco, Portugal, Tunisia, Yugoslavia.” Millions came; what was the result? An unprecedented booming economy (Wirtschaftswunder: economic miracle). One of the greatest attractions was not only the high pay, but the super-reliable benefits: free education, medical insurance, childcare benefits, and housing welfare assistance. 

It seems that Germany’s success is patterned after the success of the United States of America, which was built 100% by immigrants. Incidentally, the so-called Pilgrims were the first illegal immigrants.

Our primary interest lies in people’s souls; thousands have come, have heard, and have read the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, they have been added to the Church. That fact alone is worth any inconvenience at the beginning, for the end will be glorious. While this government’s policy is concerned primarily with the economy, it nevertheless is contributing toward the building of the Church, albeit unintentionally. 

What will happen when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in? The spiritual temple will be completed. The Church has fulfilled its task on earth and will be raptured into the presence of the Lord. That’s reason for rejoicing!

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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