Success through Migration

European Best Practice for the integration of highly qualified migrants

The integration of migrants is one of the key issues of Berlin policy. So far, the policy has mainly focused on the integration of migrants who are living here. With the demographic change and the looming shortage of skilled workers, the following question comes into focus: How can we ensure that more highly qualified migrants move to Germany? Until now, they have preferred other countries. This is the case, not only in Berlin, but in other metropolises too. But why is that? What must be done to make Berlin more attractive to this target group? The project “Success through Migration” addresses these questions.

The aim of the project was to initiate experience exchanges on integration models for highly qualified people from non-EU countries among the participating European partners. This was to increase awareness among decision-makers at local and regional levels, and to remove barriers faced by highly qualified people through best practice transfer. BGZ was the project applicant and coordinator.

For project implementation these activities were coordinated and tasks prioritised:
  • Development of regional networks with representatives from economic, scientific, government, migrant organisations.
  • The implementation of national studies promoting and inhibiting factors of the labour market integration of highly qualified third-country nationals.
  • The development and transfer of joint recommendations and models for the integration of this target group.

“Success through migration” has brought the issue into the public eye.
The benefit for Berlin consists of the transfer of European good practice for the integration of highly skilled migrants and the measurable progress in removing barriers that still hinder their integration.

On 27 April 2012 German Parliament approved the draft law of the Federal Government to implement the EU Directive on highly skilled people in the modified version of the Home Affairs Committee, Thus, the way has been opened up for a facilitated immigration of foreign skilled workers to Germany. The draft law, which still requires the Parliament’s approval, includes the introduction of the “EU Blue Card”.
More information: Bundesgesetzblatt Jahrgang 2012 Teil I Nr. 24

Project products

Brochures with policy recommendations for the implementation of future migration and integration policies at national and European levels
Final recommendations PDF Overview PDF
Network strategy to build national and international networks
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Glossaries - comparison of topic-related terms with explanations for each country to ensure the comparison of the legal procedures on migration policies
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Best Practice Catalogue for the integration of highly skilled migrants in professional life
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Implemented in:

Berlin, Lisbon, Rome and Warsaw



Berlin partners:

Senate Department for Economics, Labour and Women’s Issues, The Representative of the Berlin Senate for Integration and Migration, Free University, Senate Chancellery

Transnational partners:

Associazione cantiere Europa ind Rome (IT), municipalities of Warsaw (PL) and Lisbon (PT)


Grazyna Wittgen
Tel. +49(30) 8099 41 -14


European Commission/ DG JAI (programme INTI)

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.