Immigration Law Without Point System? | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 30.01.2004
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Immigration Law Without Point System?

Germany’s ruling coalition of Social Democrats and Greens have signaled they might reach a compromise with the opposition conservative Christian Democrats on the planned immigration law. The two sides might now decide to give up a planned point system for controlled immigration, which would decide who could come into Germany depending on immigrants’ qualifications and skills. The issue has been a major sticking point between the parties. However, the Greens have insisted that the point system cannot be done away with as long as companies don’t actively recruit immigrants. Green parliamentary leader Volker Beck told news agency dpa that the immigration law was based on the twin pillars of the point system and the lifting of the ban on recruitment. Beck added it would mean "utter stagnation" if the opposition didn’t want to negotiate on the issue.