The head of Germany’s Christian Social Union, Horst Seehofer, has indicated that he might support a position where asylum seekers are allowed to settle in the country if they are able to gain employment and learn the language. He is currently Germany’s Minister for the Interior, and a member of Chancellor Merkel’s coalition government. The coalition is due to discuss a new immigration law, and this position raises hopes that a compromise position may be possible between the parties.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been supportive of letting more skilled migrants enter Germany from non-EEA countries, as the German job market has continued to experience shortages. However, some disagreements within the coalition have revolved around whether asylum seekers already in the country should be allowed to stay if they demonstrate employability and the ability to integrate with the society.
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