Surge in foreign workers applying to have qualifications recognised in Germany

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Surge in foreign workers applying to have qualifications recognised in Germany
Many foreign medical professionals had their qualifications recognised in Germany last year. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marijan Murat

In the past year, skilled professionals from abroad have submitted significantly more applications for the recognition in Germany of vocational qualifications acquired in other countries.


In all, German authorities recorded 49,500 applications in 2022, 13 percent more than the previous year, according to the Federal Statistical Office.

After significantly lower numbers in 2020 and 2021, the growth rate was again similar to the period before the coronavirus pandemic, statisticians in Wiesbaden reported.

A total of 52,300 foreign vocational qualifications were recognised in Germany last year, eleven percent more than the previous year.

The number of positive results has nearly doubled in recent years. In 2016 for example, 26,200 foreign vocational qualifications were recognised as fully or partially equivalent to a qualification acquired in Germany, the statistical office said. 

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As in previous years, around two-thirds (35,400) of all recognised foreign vocational qualifications in 2022 were in medical and health professions. Of these, more than half were linked to nursing professions. 


In terms of countries of origin, the largest group came from Bosnia and Herzegovina (4,500 applicants), followed by the Philippines (4,000) and Turkey (3,800). Ukrainians had 1,400 qualifications recognised, ranking 12th on the list of countries of origin.

To combat its worsening skilled worker shortage, Germany is currently in the process of reforming its immigration laws and lowering the hurdles for qualified workers to enter the country.

As part of the reforms, the government wants to simplify the process for recognising qualifications and permit skilled workers to start practicing their profession before the recognition process is complete. 

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