Opinion Dear Germany, What Can You Offer Your Immigrants?

Germany is discussing its shortage of skilled professionals, and it hopes to solve the problem by attracting doctors and engineers from abroad. The government acts as if it can just stand there and start calling out for qualified workers from the around the world. But why should they come to Germany?
Vietnamese guest workers arrive in East Berlin, 1973. Germany has put out the call for immigrant labor more than once in its checkered history, and now it wants well-paid professionals.

Vietnamese guest workers arrive in East Berlin, 1973. Germany has put out the call for immigrant labor more than once in its checkered history, and now it wants well-paid professionals.

Foto: Horst Sturm/ picture-alliance/ ZB
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan