So much for singing the praises of multiculturalism and diversity. The leader of a prominent German employers’ union has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration to accept the fact that the nation is an “immigration country” in order to address a possible labor shortage that could befall Germany in the coming decades.
Ingo Kramer, president of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) believes that Germany will be “missing” a whopping six million adult workers by the year 2030, a looming problem that he believes can only be solved by opening up the country’s already-porous borders even further.
“Germany is an immigration country. And Germany has to be made aware of this situation,” Kramer said, conceding that “there is some unease about migration – at least on the right of the political spectrum, because of the refugee crisis.”
Kramer has also championed a series of workplace reforms that would draw women back into the labor force by requiring employers to provide increased childcare options, therefore allowing both male and female employees to work longer hours without having to worry about managing a household.
Germany, like many countries across Europe, has found itself in a precarious situation: while proponents of mass migration believe that the practice will result in an ethnically and religiously diverse utopia of coexistence, opponents believe that a massive influx of immigrants will only serve to marginalize native-born citizens and place an immense burden on social welfare programs.