Germany becomes more welcoming to non-EU immigrants
Germany is about to introduce ‘Blue Cards’, a way to provide access to the skilled labor market to non-EU workers. The directive was issued in 2009 at the European level, but Germany delayed the process of enacting it, Deutsche Welle informs.
According to the new regulation the people holding a “university degree or certified qualifications based on at least five years of work experience are entitled to a Blue Card.” And this is not the only requisite. There is also a minimum wage requirement.
The Blue Card holders will be allowed to stay in Germany to look for work for up to six months.
“Those who find a job that meets the minimum salary requirements can remain for three years. If the card holder forms a lasting relationship at a company, he or she can acquire permanent residency,” DW.de reports.
The new policy says that workers who can provide good knowledge of German can extend their stay by two more years.
"We reward it when people learn German. Whoever says yes to our country and makes an effort to integrate will solidify their residence status more quickly," said Reinhard Grindel of CDU coalition.
The opposition parties of Germany said the country lacks a welcoming culture for foreigners and this attitude discourages them from coming to Germany.