Qualified workers in countries like Spain or Italy are increasingly faced witrh unemployment. Many look to Germany - which is desperate for qualified workers.
Syrians made up the highest number of applications to have their qualifications recognized in Germany. Most foreign qualifications were for professions in the health field, such as nurses, doctors and physiotherapists.
Fifty years ago, West Germany signed a labor agreement with the socialist government of Yugoslavia. Many of the guest workers initially came to the country for one year, but ended up staying the rest of their lives.
A shortage of qualified workers is good incentive for change. Germany's coalition government has reached a deal on several key immigration issues, including making it easier for non-EU citizens to work in the country.
The EU and the UK look no closer to a deal, as UK Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a second referendum and has urged the EU to "evolve its position." A Brexit summit will be held in November, leaders announced.
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