Employment: 25 million jobless and the German El Dorado.
3 April 2012
Unemployment in the European Union reached its highest level in 15 years in February. According to the EU statistics office, Eurostat, 10.2% of Europeans are unemployed or 24.55 million people. In the euro zone, the unemployment rate is 10.8% and concerns 17.13 million people. Germany, with a rate of 5.7% of unemployed seems like a jobs paradise (only the Netherlands, Austria and Luxemburg have lower rates). As German daily Die Welt puts in in a headline, "Berlin is advertising to Europeans" to attract labour. Some regions and some sectors in Germany are in a full employment situation and are urgently seeking German-speaking, foreign workers. A migration expert quoted by the paper, however, warns that expectations should not be too high. "Germany is not a first choice for skilled labour, it is in competition with other States," he says. This concerns for example English-speaking academics who are more likely to seek work in Great Britain. Berlin is not expecting a massive assault of Greek and Spanish unemployed, Die Welt concludes.