The revival of the AfD could have disastrous consequences for the economy. Economics Ulric Malmender warns of a deterrent effect on skilled workers from abroad.
BERLIN – There is currently a shortage of hundreds of thousands of skilled workers in Germany. There is a shortage of trained personnel in all sectors. According to the plans of the federal government, immigration from abroad should also help here. The Skills Migration Act aims to make it easier and more attractive for qualified workers from non-EU countries to take up a job in Germany. But business-wise Ulrike Malmender is now reporting a concern: Germany’s political mood could scare away badly needed skilled workers.
The Rise of the AfD: The Economics of Skilled Migration
If the AfD’s rise continues, it could have dire consequences for Germany as a trading outpost. “Our country urgently needs not only skilled workers, but workers at all levels so that prosperity can be maintained,” the economist told the newspapers. Funk Media Group. “Recruiting workers from abroad won’t work enough if a foreclosure party like the AfD is growing more popular – and polarizing to the fore.”
“What the AfD stands for is discouraging foreign skilled workers,” Malmender asserted. Germany, with its complex language, bureaucracy and insufficient childcare, is already finding it difficult to persuade skilled workers to come and stay, and the advisory board member led the assessment of overall economic development.
“The welcoming culture leaves a lot to be desired. And if nationalist forces are still on the rise, it certainly doesn’t get any easier — especially in areas where we want to locate the largest, highest-paying companies,” Malmender said.
Malmender Economics: Parallels to Developments in the United States under Trump
The professor, who conducts research at the University of California, Berkeley, compared developments in the United States under former President Donald Trump: “I experienced the rise of Trumpism in the United States firsthand. This is one of the reasons why I am so depressed by the development in Germany.” I’ve seen how quickly a society can be divided by simple slogans and sayings.”
At the same time, Malmender defended her colleague, Monica Schnitzer, who advocates for 1.5 million immigrants a year in Germany, against continued criticism. She said Germany needed 400,000 more workers annually. “But since so many are leaving the country again, we need more people to come, 1.5 million people in total,” she added. “The lack of culture and reception definitely doesn’t help.” (pH/AFP)
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