Health & Nursing Care in Germany Largely Borne by Individuals With Migrant Background, Report Shows


The Advisory Council for Integration and Migration (SVR) has shown in its new annual report that skilled workers with a migrant background make a significant contribution to the German healthcare system.

Nonetheless, it has been noted that in order to attract more skilled workers in the future, the country needs to work on recognising foreign qualifications, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The main conclusion of the new report was that migrant workers make an indispensable contribution to Germany’s health care. According to the report, health and nursing care in Germany is largely borne by persons who have either immigrated themselves or come from a family with an immigrant background.

In 2019, around a quarter of more than four million people in the health and care professions had a migration background. It is believed that the number has continued to increase over the last years.

The report reveals that the majority of persons who have a migrant background and who work in the healthcare sector are from Syria and Romania. Moreover, the same notes that in the last year, healthcare and nursing professionals who have been trained abroad have moved to Germany.

The data provided by the German authorities show that the number of immigrant foreigners that work in the healthcare sector almost doubled in the period between 2013 and 2019. In addition, the same highlights that there is also a high number of those who have gone through the German training system.

Apart from the conclusion made above, the report emphasises that the German authorities need to accelerate the recognition and facilitate post-qualification.

“In order to guarantee the supply in the future, he sees a need for improvement in recognition of foreign qualifications and post-qualification. Processes must be simplified, the authorities involved must be more closely interlinked, and immigration for training must be promoted more. Against the background of the corona pandemic, the SVR also urges that working conditions be fundamentally improved,” the statement of SVR reads.

Still, it has been highlighted that everyone who wants to be allowed to work in Germany must prove that their qualifications meet the German standards and catch up on missing training content, if necessary.

The federal states are responsible for the recognition procedures, and thus it has been required that they simplify the process as much as possible and create uniform rules.

Another core message given in the report is that Germany retains skilled workers by providing them with appropriate support.

Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that one in four people who live in Germany have a migrant background. By the end of last year, 22.3 million people had a migrant background.

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