Mar 26, 2019 / 11:16

Germany to relax rules for Vietnam laborers, Peter Altmaier says

The Hanoitimes - Germany has allowed Vietnamese nurses to work in the country, making Vietnam the first in Asia to be accepted for the nursing recruitment program.

Germany is going to enact a bill that will loosen recruitment conditions required for Vietnamese workers in the European country, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier has said. 

The move is aimed to serve Germany’s increasing demand for manpower and Vietnam is among suppliers thanks to young population, the government portal quoted Peter Altmaier as saying at a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on March 25. 

Both Germany and Vietnam appreciate Vietnamese people who work, study in Germany, and help tighten the friendship ties, Minister Altmaier added.
 
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier. Photo: VGP
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier in Hanoi. Photo: VGP
Since 2013, Germany has allowed Vietnamese nurses to work in that country, making Vietnam the first in Asia to be accepted for the nursing recruitment program. 

Deputy Head of Mission and Head of the Economic Section at the German Embassy in Hanoi Wolfgang Manig earlier said that Germany’s population aging results in around 2.3 million elderly in need of care. So demand for nurses privately, in hospitals, and nursing home is on the rise and Vietnam is one of the supplying markets.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs and the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy have cooperated in the manpower sector for years, bringing hundreds of nurses to work in the country, Manig said. 

In the past, a large number of Vietnamese people came to East Germany for study and work. Since 1950s,  the first Vietnamese were sent to East Germany to study, work, and later settled down there, forming a community of roughly 100,000 people in the European country. 

Hans-Jörg Brunner, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vietnam, earlier said in an interview with the Nhan Dan newspaper in 2015 that the Vietnamese community in Germany shows good connectivity with the native and contributes significantly to the federal economy and culture.  

Currently, the number of Vietnamese students in Germany reaches 5,000 and more are applying for scholarship while others appear as fee-paying students. German scholars highly appreciate Vietnamese students, saying that they have high scores and good remarks in different majors.