Thursday

9th Apr 2020

German immigration law passed

Ending nearly three months of speculation and suspense, German President Johannes Rau on Thursday signed legislation giving the country its first immigration law. But shortly after Mr. Rau had put away his pen, members of the centre-right opposition Union parties announced that they would ask the nation's highest court, the Federal Constitutional Court, to overturn the law, writes FAZ.

The background is doubts raised as to whether the passing of the law has been according to the constitution, but Mr. Rau now declares that he cound find no "unequivocal and clear" breach of the constitution in the way the law was passed in Brandenburg, as had been claimed by the Conservatives in the CDU/CSU.

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The goal of the new law is defined in this manner by FAZ: The aim is defined in paragraph 1 as "controlling and restricting the immigration of foreigners into Germany." The law will allow and regulate immigration "under consideration of the ability to integrate, as well as economic and labour market interests." It also will serve to meet Germany's humanitarian obligations.

It will be made easier for highly skilled workers to immigrate, but the Federal Labor Office will approve recruitment of foreign labour only where there are no negative effects on the labour market. Foreigners graduating from German universities will be allowed to find jobs in the country, subject to approval from the Federal Labour Office. A legal basis will be created for immigration by the self-employed. The precondition here is the existence of a higher economic interest, writes FAZ.

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