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Can Germany become the next big destination for Indian techies?

Germany is looking to speed up the issuance of visas and is drawing up new legislation to make the country more attractive to foreign workers.

The new law aims to address key hurdles for migrants to Germany, including the complex process for the recognition of educational credentials.

Germany, like industrialised countries around the world, is facing deep labour shortages, particularly in skilled high-growth sectors, which are taking their toll on an economy that could yet face a recession this year.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that his government wants to ease the path for Indian IT experts to obtain work visas in Germany.

"We want to simplify the issuing of visas. We intend to modernize the whole bureaucratic process in addition to legal modernization," Scholz said while visiting Bengaluru on Sunday.

“I am quite sure that many will want to take advantage of the opportunities to work as skilled workers in Germany,” he said.

“We need this in all areas of employment, but of course especially when it comes to skills such as those we have seen today in the area of software and IT development,” he added.

Scholz said he was “determined” to reduce bureaucratic hurdles to immigration for skilled workers, and “make it easier to come to Germany as a specialist, including with your own family.”

He added that he wants to “establish a new system that allows people to apply for a visa to Germany who still have not signed a specific job contract, but who come with a lot of talent and skills, and then find a job in Germany.”

Scholz was on an official visit to India from February 25-26. He was accompanied by senior officials and a high-powered business delegation.

More than half of Germany's companies are struggling to fill vacancies, according to a survey by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), which estimates that two million posts remain unfilled, worth nearly 100 billion euros of lost output.

Although not alone in facing labour crises, Germany's language barrier makes countries like Britain, Spain, France and Portugal the liklier choices for immigrants.

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