November 26, 2020

Fragomen and IOM Germany Webinar: Nine months into the Skilled Immigration Act – The Impact of COVID-19 on Labour Migration

The Skilled Immigration Act, Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz (FEG), entered into force on 1 March 2020. The FEG is one of the most significant overhauls of the German skilled immigration system of the last decades, bringing amended immigration categories, changes to the immigration authority structures and additional compliance obligations for employers. Eight months later and facing an ongoing pandemic, it seems like the right time to take a look at the implementation status, the main changes and of course the challenges that came with the FEG and the current implementation context.

The German mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) together with Fragomen are happy to invite you to a virtual exchange on the above, following up on the event “The Skilled Immigration Act – Making Immigration work in Germany” that took place in February 2020. The aim is to review and offer an analysis of the past months and the current status of the FEG and labour migration in general.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to see the impact of a major, global crisis and the way it exacerbates inequalities and needs. This ongoing crisis is manifold and among its health, social, political and economic dimensions it also has a major mobility dimension with increasing travel/movement restrictions and border closures. This has of course strongly affected migrant workers and labour migration around the globe – increasing existing and adding new challenges, but also revealing the crucial importance of labour migrants and their skills for both societies of origin and of destination.

In light of the above, Marius Tollenaere, Director at Fragomen, will present on the impact of COVID-19 on the German Skilled Immigration Act and outline the developments within the German context so far. In addition, Geertrui Lanneau, IOM’s Senior Labour Mobility and Human Development Specialist from IOM’s Regional Office for the European Economic Area (EEA) in Brussels, will provide an analysis of the repercussions of the pandemic to labour migration in Europe and will present some of the global tools / initiatives that have been developed by IOM in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you would like to attend this event, please email [email protected]