In the past months The British were effectively sickened by the lack of fuel supplies to the stations and the problems of supplying warehouses. According to the calculations of the National Association of Road Carriers, the cause of the disruptions in logistics was a shortage of 100 thousand. truck drivers. According to the Cologne Institute for Economic Research Europe’s largest German economy would have faced similar problems now, had it not been for immigrantswho have come to the Elbe in recent years and decades.
Without immigrants, Germany would face the fate of Great Britain
According to a report by the center, which was received by Bloomberg Agency, Skilled immigrants occupy an increasing proportion of jobs where companies have had difficulty finding employees, with truck drivers in particular. In the UK, as Bloomberg points out, Brexit has blocked access for EU workers, contributing to severe supply disruptions.
Empty shelves in supermarkets and no more mattresses at IKEA – what has become an everyday image in Great Britain that Germany has yet to experience. Without immigrants, the labor shortage would be catastrophic“- say economists from the Cologne Institute for Economic Research in the report.
According to the center’s estimates, the proportion of immigrants working in labor-deficient occupations grew faster in 2013-2019 than a similar rate among Germans. Among all immigrants working in occupations requiring qualifications, the largest proportion were drivers. This profession led 130,000 or a quarter of all immigrants.
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