Germany’s foreign students were assumed to be a hot commodity in a country desperate for skilled labor. But inhospitable employers and lack of preparation from their universities are forcing them to leave in droves.
A study published this week by the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) highlighted the gap between Germany’s professed need for skilled labor to fill in the blanks left by an aging population versus the harsh reality faced by most foreign graduates of German universities and schools of applied sciences.
Germany has made reforms in recent years to retain the students, such as increasing the length of time recent graduates have to find a job from one year to 18 months. “However, despite these reforms and students’ high willingness to stay, many international students fail to find adequate employment,” wrote the SVR.
The report found that almost 80 percent of the more than 300,000 international students currently studying were sure they wanted to stay in Germany to begin their careers. Despite this, three in ten of foreign graduates reported that it took them over one year to find adequate employment, while more than one in ten remained completely unemployed.
Another 9 percent are forced to continue their job search while working full time, either because they are unhappy or their position does not correspond to their field of study, a requirement of the 18-month work-search visa.
Most international students come from Asia, followed by North America and then South America.
Language hurdles and lack of preparation
A separate study also published this week by the German research foundation “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft” said that around 54 percent of international students leave Germany after their studies, and are much more likely to drop out than their German counterparts (41 to 28 percent).
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Brain drain: International student exodus from Germany | News | DW.COM | 14.06.2015.
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