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Does Germany Need Labour Migration?

Does Germany Need Labour Migration?

This policy brief considers whether Germany needs additional labour migration, despite the persistence of large-scale unemployment. Although there are now more than 5 million unemployed in Germany, many experts and employers are expressing concerns about current and future labour shortages, especially of highly qualified workers. The policy brief examines the causes of labour market shortages, and how acute they are in different sectors. In conclusion, the brief considers possible policy responses for addressing shortages, suggesting that immigration is indeed likely to be one indispensable tool for filling labour and skills gaps. (Published 4/2005)