MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Dear Mr President! Ladies and gentlemen! Dear Colleagues! With its application, the AfD wants to essentially abolish the Skilled Immigration Act today. As a justification she refers to the unemployment figures. The AfD’s proposal is unrealistic, ill-founded, and technically incorrect, and as a result it would also harm Germany. But harming Germany – we know that by now – that is what the AfD wants; because – I can quote your former press spokesman again -: “The worse Germany is doing, the better for the AfD.”
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
I don’t know exactly what you were talking about today, Dr. Curio; But if that was a speech on the Skilled Workers Immigration Act, then I can state at this point: On the one hand, the Skilled Workers Immigration Act has only been in force since March 1, 2020, i.e. for seven months. That is the period in which you are calling for the Federal Government to withdraw this “completely excessive” lockdown, although it means that no one can come to Germany. Secondly, I do not know whether you have forgotten that it was your party chairman, Mr Meuthen, who called on March 19, 2020: Germany is facing a catastrophe. Shutdown now!
(Marianne Schieder [SPD]: Yes!)
My dear colleagues, all of this shows that the AfD is once again only about one thing today: stir up prejudices,
(Marianne Schieder [SPD]: Rush!)
– “rush” – and discredit people.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)
But for you from the AfD it is definitely not about the skilled worker immigration law. That has to be evaluated first, and the effects of the corona period must also be taken into account.
The fact that we are currently unable to bring caregivers to us is not a pleasure, but rather an additional burden for those in need of care and for those requiring care in Germany. I will come back to this later.
But you also submitted a poorly justified request. You use completely outdated newspaper articles and incorrect sources. If you look at your printed matter 19/21096, which is named as a source three times in your application, you will find that this printed matter deals with the R-value, but says nothing about maintenance. So I can say that even after three years you are still not able to meet the minimum quality standards for an application.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU – Marianne Schieder [SPD]: Yes!)
Second, your application is also technically incorrect. We have not canceled the priority check without replacement. Don’t always pretend that it is. That’s completely wrong. We just changed the system. In the past, the principle of “work prohibition with reservation of permission” applied – this was particularly important in shortage occupations – and today, employees are generally entitled to a work permit if they meet the requirements. But we have a reservation to prohibit. This means that we can prohibit the taking of work and the state can reintroduce the priority check in structurally weak areas or for certain sectors at any time in order to protect the workers there. So of course we have done everything to ensure that we maintain priority: first the qualifications of the people in Germany, then the search within Europe and then immigration from third countries. And that’s right.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
In particular, your application is extremely harmful for Germany. You claim that the German economy does not need any foreign skilled workers. Of course, the German economy still needs foreign skilled workers. The pressure for digitization and also for the transformation towards a climate-friendly economy is not decreasing because of Corona, but is increasing. We do not save jobs in any industry, neither at VW nor at Mercedes, by preventing IT experts or nurses from entering the country. We need these experts. Our employers still confirm this to us today.
Now we come to the nursing staff. The Federal Agency found in May that there is still a shortage in the elderly care sector. Only in two federal states does the trend look a little different. Even the figures mentioned in your application show that between 2013 and 2019 we had an increase in the number of unemployed from 1,775 to 3,037. At the same time, there is a shortage of more than 50,000 nurses in hospitals and over 120,000 nurses in old people’s homes. In view of this, let me tell you in all honesty: the motion that you are tabled is a joke.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP as well as from Kordula Schulz-Asche [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN])
It is simply outrageous and unbelievable to claim that we no longer need nursing staff in Germany and that our skilled worker immigration law is in some way suitable to deny anyone here who is looking for a job access to the labor market. This is total nonsense.
I want to tell you one more thing: your proposal is so bad and populist. If I were not the chairman of the committee but a teacher, I would say: setting, insufficient, insufficient! – Your proposal is absolutely bottomless.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from MPs of the SPD and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN] – Dr. Alexander Gauland [AfD]: Fortunately, you don’t decide!)
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