Germany’s Talent Shortage and Migration Management Revisited

SVR Info | May 2009

(Only available in German)

To stay competitive in the future, the German economy needs more skilled workers than ever before. But Germany is facing a shortage of talent, both foreign and domestic. The qualitative loss brought about by emigration is not compensated for by foreign immigration. In this paper, the Expert Council explains to what extent the qualification level of the working age population in Germany has changed as a result of emigration, immigration and integration. To reverse this trend, it recommends, for example, a flexible and transparent migration management system for skilled workers as well as actively recruiting highly skilled workers abroad.