Germany: Mission impossible

Mission impossible – Nicolas Vadot
24 July 2013 – L’Echo (Brussels)

Germany dreams of the Asian plumber

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “Here’s the boiler”

Confronted with shortages of labour power in the workforce, Germany published on July 22 a list of professions in 18 sectors open to foreign workers.

Contrary to previous government policies, which privileged immigration of skilled workers, the new call concerns intermediary professions, including plumbers, train conductors, and caregivers.