A “reorganized” migration policy is intended to promote integration in Germany. According to Federal Labor Minister Heil, this is “a question of reason” – also in view of the failures in 2015.

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil is aiming for a reform of the Skilled Immigration Act and wants to make it easier for migrants to access the German labor market.

“We will make this possible for people who want to stay with us and work permanently,” said Heil of the Funke media group. “That’s why we will enable a lane change through the employment tolerance.” Migration policy must be “reorganized” overall. He is currently working with Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) on further developing the Skilled Immigration Act, said the SPD politician.

Heil also referred to the most recent experience in dealing with refugees from Ukraine: “By accepting people into basic security from June 1, these people can be successfully integrated into the labor market.” A week and a half ago, the Federal Council passed a law that stipulates, among other things, that refugees from Ukraine should be entitled to benefits under Book II and XII of the Social Code as of June 1, 2022. So far, this group has received lower benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act.

Refugee Ukrainians would thus be given the same status as recognized asylum seekers, “and we have made it possible for them to work with us,” said Heil. This is “a question of reason”. The integration of the refugees will be different this time than in the refugee crisis seven years ago. “I think we’ll do better this time than in 2015,” said the minister. The aim is for the processes to be “as controlled as possible”.