Attract an international workforce
Berlin is a vibrant city with low living costs, good job prospects and easily obtainable work permits for foreigners, in an international comparison. This acts as the perfect attraction for expats from all over the world. Well educated Europeans in particular, now moving to Berlin, are a major driver of growth. Today, nearly one out of five is a foreigner and over 39.000 students from all over the world study at universities in Berlin. The internationalisation started long before: In 1955 Germany and Italy signed the first recruitment-agreement for migrant workers and similar followed with Turkey and Greece. This brought hundreds of thousands of valuable workers in times of economic boom. Today, foreign communities add to the cultural and especially culinary value of the city.
Free universities for everybody
The majority of German universities are tuition free. In contrast to other countries, only one-third of all students end their studies in debt.
Aim for 20% internationals
Recruitment-agreements in the 1950’s and 60’s helped Germany build up a multinational workforce.
Accept English as the business language
English, as a business language, is highly beneficial for international teams — also when you need to order a chai latte.
Embrace foreign traditions
The Döner Kebab has become a fundamental pillar of the city’s cultural identity.