International expertise makes Germany more competitive
International expertise contributes significantly to maintaining Germany's position as a leading global innovator. Nearly 50 thousand scientists from abroad are working at the country's research institutions, with more than half of them are engaged in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).
What is more, the number of scientists coming in from abroad is increasing. For example, from 2010 to 2014, scientists working in Germany in STEM subjects went from 17,509 to 25,360 for an increase of nearly half of the 2010 figure. The German government says that many scientists coming in from abroad also obtain positions in the private industry, where they contribute their knowledge to innovation and research and development (R&D).
A recent study by the consumer logistics company Movinga furthermore found that "foreign workers in Germany significantly contribute to prosperity." An analysis of Germany's 16 federal states showed that states with a high proportion of foreign workers have lower unemployment and higher levels of risk capital investment. Movinga's Managing Director Finn Age Hänsel said of the study, "The impressive number of companies with risk capital and the number of patent applications in multi-cultural regions like Berlin, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg show that immigration positively affects innovation and growth."