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December 26, 2006

Germany's IT Industry Calls for Immigration Point System

In Technology, 18.12.2006;

"As experts meet for Germany's first ever information technology summit, Germany's IT industry has called for urgent reforms to the national immigration laws to help meet labor shortages.
"We are calling for the introduction of a point system based on criteria for qualification, age and language skills," said Jörg Menno Harms, vice president of Germany's Federation for Telecommunications, IT and New Media (BITKOM) in an interview with German national radio, Deutschlandfunk.

He was speaking ahead of Germany's first national IT conference, which is being sponsored by the German government and is being held in Potsdam, near Berlin.

Harms said anyone who fulfilled the criteria set out in the points system should be allowed to stay in Germany on a long-term basis.

Firms already suffering from lack of qualified staff

A recent BITKOM survey found that the lack of skilled labour was adversely affecting fifty percent of German IT companies...".

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2276006,00.html

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 26, 2006 06:41 AM

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