"We know that many sectors and businesses are looking for skilled workers. Without sufficient skilled workers, a business location cannot be successful. That is why it is necessary for us to make every effort to recruit a sufficient number of specialists. Otherwise, companies will have to migrate — and, of course, we do not want that.
Germany wants to tackle the shortfall domestically by providing "good training for as many people as possible. At the same time, Berlin is looking to recruit qualified people from other European Union countries, and further afield.
There are already 2.5 million people from EU countries working in Germany. But that alone is not enough, and that is why we also have to look for skilled workers from outside the European Union"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel