JAKARTA, Aug 29 (dpa): Indonesian nursing staff are to alleviate the shortage of skilled workers in German institutions, according to the Federal Employment Agency.
An agreement has been reached with the South-East Asian country, according to which Indonesian nurses can be recruited more easily to work in German hospitals and nursing homes, the Nuremberg-based agency has announced.
However, it may be some time yet before the first Indonesian nurses start work in Germany due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, a "placement agreement" was signed with the state-run Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Board, which facilitates the entry of participating nurses.
The care workers' Indonesian qualifications will not need to be recognized until they arrive in Germany, the employment agency said.
A programme will also help care workers obtain visas, with learning German, and with integration into Germany society.
After their selection, the care workers will undergo professional training and take a German language course over several months before leaving Indonesia.
Recruitment may be difficult in light of the coronavirus pandemic, but should begin this year if possible. The first arrivals are expected in the second half of 2022 at the earliest.
"The placement agreement with Indonesia is a milestone for us to fill the Skilled Worker Immigration Act with life," said Daniel Terzenbach, executive board member for the regions at the Federal Employment Agency.
The law, which came into force in 2020, allows the agency to conclude agreements with non-EU countries on the recruitment and placement of skilled workers.
"It is our concern to follow up with more such agreements in order to specifically recruit skilled workers for the German labour market who are lacking in Germany in other professions as well," said Terzenbach. - dpa