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The German "Green Card"

The German "Green Card"

The German "Green Card" was introduced in August 2000 in order to provide a non-bureaucratic means of bringing foreign experts in the information and communication technology (ICT) field to Germany. Even after its discontinuation at the end of 2004, the success of the initiative remains disputed. Critics have pointed to the low number of Green Cards issued to large, multinational companies as a sign of the programme's failure. This policy brief proposes that the Green Card's role in the broader debate on immigration in Germany and its positive effect on competition within the ICT sector itself must be taken into account when judging the programme´s success or failure. (Published 11/2005)