German Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil has said that he wants to encourage skilled professionals from India to come to Germany. In India for the G20 summit from July 17-22 , Heil added that Germany’s new immigration law makes it easier for students and professionals to move to the country, adding that they need “smart brains and helping hands” for their economy.
Heil called India an important partner for Germany and stressed that it is important for both countries to seek solutions together. “In the long term, we could achieve cross-national comparability and recognition of qualifications. At the same time, I use the trip to India to find out more about the potential for skilled workers and to promote Germany as an attractive location with good working and living conditions,” said the statement of Minister Hubertus Heil.
Germany and India are already cooperating in recruiting skilled workers, with the idea of such a move being beneficial for both the nations and avoiding brain drain. The German Federal Employment Agency and the German Society for International Cooperation have been recruiting nursing staff from the Indian state of Kerala since 2022. In February 2023, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that the country wants to simplify the rules for Indian IT work experts who wish to obtain work visas.