In the context of the sixth Indo-German intergovernmental consultations, State Secretary Lilian Tschan of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs met with Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra of India’s Ministry of External Affairs and Parliamentary State Secretary Mahmut Özdemir of Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior on 2 May 2022. The focus of the meeting was initialling an Indo-German mobility and migration agreement.
Before the initialling of the agreement, which Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs had a hand in drafting, State Secretary Tschan spoke with her counterparts about recruiting skilled workers in India and possibilities for expanding legal labour migration. This was the first time Vinay Mohan Kwatra, who has held his post as Foreign Secretary in India’s Ministry of External Affairs since 1 May 2022, and State Secretary Tschan, had exchanged views.
State Secretary Tschan made the following statement:
There is great potential for labour migration from India to Germany. We have a strong interest in further expanding our collaboration on the recruitment of skilled workers from India.
Afterwards, State Secretary Tschan took part in the plenary session of the sixth Indo-German intergovernmental consultations at the Federal Chancellery. Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as ten ministers and state secretaries from Germany and seven from India took part in the plenary session. In her plenary speech, State Secretary Tschan spoke about the cooperation between the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and India’s partner ministries on the issues of recruiting skilled workers, occupational health and safety, combating child and forced labour, and on the issue of how work is changing and the future of work.
State Secretary Tschan said:
Especially in light of climate change and digital transformation, it must be our joint goal to actively shape the future of work and ensure good working conditions for all.
Skilled workers for a strong labour market in the long term
In response to structural changes, the policies of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs aim to increase the supply of skilled workers both from within Germany and from abroad in the long term.