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Germany relaxes immigration rules for first time to attract foreign workers – for six months

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With unemployment at a record low, the German Government has proposed easing immigration laws to allow jobseekers from outside the European Union (EU) – including aged care workers – to come to Germany for six months to find work, provided they speak German and can financially support themselves.

If the worker can prove this, they can stay on.

A plan has also been put forward to allow migrants already in Germany who are awaiting decisions on their asylum applications to stay if they are employed and can show they have assimilated into German society.

A bold plan – but how many foreign workers will fit the bill?