Small- and medium-sized enterprises account for around 60 percent of jobs in Germany. In rural areas it's becoming more difficult to fill job vacancies due to a shortage of skilled workers and many young people moving to cities.
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With a new regulation introduced on March 1, Germany wants to fill its massive shortage of skilled workers. DW explains what's new for foreigners seeking a job in the country.
Germany is hoping to recruit qualified workers from outside the EU to prevent companies from moving their business abroad. Berlin is looking to countries such as Mexico, Vietnam and India to fill the gaps.
The German government has provided states with billions of euros in subsidies for daycare centers. Despite this massive investment, one in seven toddlers won't get a spot in a publicly funded day care.
A study has found that due to a complex recognition system, many foreign academics are placed in jobs below their qualifications. The study recommended a "turbo process" akin to Norway's model as an alternative.
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