The German Interior Ministry is considering easing immigration to address the shortage of real estate experts
The German government will discuss bills that will facilitate immigration from countries outside the European Union into Germany to compensate for the shortage of skilled workers, in the field of real estate among others
Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is expected to present a new proposal to the Bundestag in the near future, according to which citizens of third countries (i.e., non-EU members) will be given the option to seek employment within Germany in predefined areas.
Areas in question are ones where there is currently a shortage of professionals in Germany. According to the proposal, these individuals will be able to go to Germany and look for employment for a period of six months.
This is on the assumption that they prove that they have completed relevant education. At the same time, the proposal seeks to revoke a previously valid clause called “priority review,” according to which it was mandatory to check in advance whether there is a German citizen who can fill the relevant position before the foreign national.
Seehofer believes that this is a necessary and important step, and that it will create a good framework for professional migration. So far, many professionals from countries such as Poland and Romania have arrived in Germany from within the European Union, but it seems that the time has come to examine other options as well.
At present there is another system in place in Germany – the “blue card” method, which until now has been given mainly to IT professionals coming from India. The new proposal, on the other hand, is expected to attract more experts to Germany in a wider range of areas, including real estate.
So far Germany has had a hard time finding real estate professionals: out of 100 job openings in all fields ranging from plumbing to civil engineering, only 49-55 have been filled by a professional with matching skills.