Germany Lags in Skilled Immigrants

Regulations hamper the entry of skilled foreign specialists, at an estimated annual cost of $27 billion to the German economy

It's only a tiny metal rod, but for Oscar Escalante-Mendieta it symbolizes his entry into the professional world. Escalante-Mendieta, a recent graduate in electrical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and an employee of Detecon, a Bonn-based telecommunications company, is in Moscow searching for radio antennas for a Russian network provider. Together with coworkers from Germany, India and the United States, he is poring over circuit diagrams and manuals, pleased, as he says, "that there is so much to learn on my first job."

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