Germany, despite easing immigration restrictions, is still having trouble attracting qualified labour for its industry and computer services sectors. Since August 2012, qualified workers can apply for a Blue Card, which fixes a minimum salary requirement to acquire working papers.

A total of 25,000 immigrants come to Germany to work each year from non-EU countries, which represents 0.02 per cent of the population, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Australia, Denmark and the United Kingdom attract five to 10 times more immigrants.