Locations with a Goethe-Institut lead to a better linguistic and intercultural qualification of foreign skilled workers who would like to immigrate to Germany. This is confirmed by a recent study by the Institute for Employment Research (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung - IAB). Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut, and Johannes Ebert, Secretary-General of the Goethe-Institut, emphasize the educational significance of the results.
Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut, said on the occasion of the study: "From March 2020, the new Law on the Immigration of persons to work will enter into force. Germany is now more responsible than ever for informing people who want to work in Germany comprehensively about living and working conditions. Only in this way a responsible and respectful integration can succeed. An important component of this is the pre-integrative advice and information offered by the Goethe-Institut, which has been offered at many locations abroad for more than 10 years. The results of the study confirm the Goethe-Institut as an important player for a targeted and increased immigration of qualified professionals. This potential has to be further developed."
Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut, also emphasizes the importance of international cooperation in the context of skilled labor immigration: "As an immigration country, Germany faces the challenge of managing migration flows in a forward-looking manner. Among other things, this requires stronger cooperation between partners in politics, business and education. It is essential to strengthen a true welcome culture, which makes our country attractive abroad and in this country increases the acceptance of immigrants. Fundamental to successful participation in work and society is the knowledge of the German language: The Goethe-Institut provides - as illustrated by the current study by the IAB - the right offers and programs for these challenges. Expanding and supporting them is an important factor in the success of the Law on the Immigration of Persons."