Germany Open to Migrant Workers, But
MANILA, Philippines - As Germany expands its labor market, it will keep its doors open to highly qualified migrants but strictly enforce the law on low-skilled labor illegally crossing its borders, sounding off a fair warning to migrants, including Filipinos.
"If you are highly qualified, Germany wants you, especially in the healthcare and technology sector.
But for low skilled jobs, it is much more complicated," lady pastor Fanny Dethloff, national representative of Kirchenasyl (Asylum in Churches), said.
Dethloff made the statement before participants to this year's 27-day Summer Academy on Freedom and Responsibility in Media held recently in Hamburg and Berlin, Germany.
The topic on 7.8 million foreign nationals living and working in Germany came up as Dethloff explained to mostly Asian and African participants how the Deutschland wants to expand its labor market without neglecting its irregular migration policy.
She said Germany's preference for highly-skilled rather than the low skilled labor migrants prompted the latter group to enter the European country through unlawful means.
Most of them who violate the regular process end up being deported, and detained.
While, German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle called for the easing up of the Germany's migration law to address its labor needs, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the other hand, rejected this proposal, saying that there was no need to modify the law controlling migrant workers, which took effect in January last year.
German Education Minister Schavan as well as business leaders also called for the opening of doors to skilled immigrants to boost their economy.
German economic experts warned that in the next 14 years, Germany will be in need of more than 200,000 technicians, engineers, and even scientists.
Dethloff, also the chairwoman of the German Ecumenical Committee on Church Asylum, is into giving spiritual and psychological support to imprisoned asylum seekers and irregular migrants.
The ecumenical committee, which is led by the lady pastor is a network of associations of German Protestant, Catholic and Free Church parishes offering asylum to refugees who flee due to fear of persecution or life-threatening situation in their home country.
According to the briefer from the German Ecumenical Committee on Church Asylum posted on its website, these parishes place themselves between refugees and the authorities in order to bring about a re-examination of cases and to prevent deportation.
Dethloff said every year, there are 33,000 people seeking asylum in Germany.
She said they never discriminate asylum seekers, whatever his or her religion or race. "We help them to stay they don't have to be baptized as a requirement," she said. …