The town of Hanover, Germany has set a quota requiring one third of all job vacancies to be filled by immigrants or people with migration backgrounds.
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Hanover’s integration committee recently initiated the quota in order to encourage migrants to the town to meet labor shortages. The town plans to advertise training programs and educational opportunities to immigrants, in addition to hosting a “Day of Diversity” in local schools and granting prizes to businesses operated by migrants.
Critics of the plan question whether it violates the German constitution.
“What happens to the other 2/3? Are they reserved for organic Germans?” asked Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a member of the German federal parliament for the Free Democrats. “The whole thing is evidently unconstitutional if I understand our Basic Law correctly.”
German Federal Employment Agency Chairman Detlef Scheele emphasized the outflow of working Germans and the resulting vacuum in the national labor force, citing evidence that Germany needs at least 400,000 new migrants per year in order to meet the void left by the 150,000 Germans of working age leaving the country every year.
“You can stand up and say: We don’t want foreigners,” stated Scheele. “But that doesn’t work.”
“The fact is: Germany is running out of workers,” he concluded.
German Economy and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck reinforced Scheele’s statements earlier this year, while acknowledging that soaring energy prices may halt production for some industries.
“I can imagine that certain industries will simply stop producing for the time being,” Habeck said.
The mayor of Hanover, Belit Onay, took office in 2019 running as a member of the Greens party. Both the managing director of the Greens party, Filiz Polat, and Onay have Turkish heritage.
“A green mayor makes the difference,” wrote Polat.
Similar initiatives are reportedly gaining ground in Berlin, though critics are similarly fighting such quota systems as unconstitutional.