Migration, Labour and Social Affairs
Please find here information about the German labour market and social affairs.
Immigration made easier for highly-skilled migrants
Since 1 August 2012 the new "EU Blue Card" is available in Germany. The Blue Card makes it easier for highly-skilled citizens of non-EU member states to live and work in Germany. With this initiative Germany hopes to attract more highly-skilled migrants. The legal conditions for foreign students who would like to work in Germany after obtaining a degree from a German university have also been improved.
Make it in Germany!
German firms are facing a genuine skills shortage that is expected to continue into the future. The German Government has therefore set up a new website to help all those interested in living and working in Germany and to help business and industry find the specialists they need. Skilled professionals can use the quick-check function to see what visa conditions apply to them and who can help with job-hunting. The website is a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the Federal Employment Agency. Welcome to Germany!
Make it in Germany
Hotline Working and Living in Germany
Our hotline offers personalised information and advice, in German or English, on the following topics:
1) Job search, work and careers
2) Recognition of foreign vocational qualifications
3) Entry and residence
4) Learning German
The hotline is available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CET, Monday through Friday, under the telephone number +49 30 1815-1111. We look forward to hearing from you.
The German Labour Market
Germany has a strong and innovative economy with a highly skilled workforce. Over 40 million persons are employed. One key feature of the labour market is the principle of collective bargaining between the social partners enshrined in the constitution.
German Health Care Works Worldwide
Germany's health care service works for the people it serves, at home and abroad. This can be attributed, first and foremost, to the country's years of experience in delivering innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services to domestic and foreign users. The initiative "Health – Made in Germany" now aims to bring the German health care industry's strengths to even more places around the world.
German Health Care Works Worldwide
Social security system in Germany
By constitution „the Federal Republic of Germany is a democratic and social federal state“. The German social security system is one of the most advanced in the world. It supports businesses and industry and creates opportunities for employment and participation.
The different pillars of social security have evolved for decades and have to be permanently monitored and – where necessary – adjusted to meet the challenges of an ageing population. The social safety net has, among other factors, contributed to stability, innovation, productivity and economic growth.
Germany´s population is around 82 million persons, of which around one in five has a migrational background. Thus, organizing integration successfully is a big and ongoing challenge for society as a whole. In July 2006, the First Integration Summit - hosted by Chancellor Dr Merkel - kicked off a process to improve integration in fields such as German language courses, education, economic and labour participation. Representatives of federal government, state governments, local authorities, migrants and private stakeholders developed the National Integration Plan (NIP), published in July 2007, which comprises all relevant integration issues. The NIP is evaluated regularly. Building on the NIP a National Action Plan on Integration has been developed and adopted at the Fifth Integration Summit on 31 January 2012, which lays out the goals of integration in a clear and binding fashion.