A Fair Deal on Talent

How can we create an equitable system of migration?


Project Team

Foto Najim Azahaf
Najim Azahaf
Senior Project Manager
Foto Christina Brickenkamp
Christina Brickenkamp
Program Assistant
Foto Susanne U. Schultz
Dr. Susanne U. Schultz
Senior Expert

Skilled workers from abroad are already much in demand in Germany. Given the demographic shifts occurring in the country, this demand will continue to increase, since without immigrants the number of working-age adults in Germany would decline by some 40 percent by 2050. In addition, the global competition for talent will only increase if countries that until now have supplied the international market with labor begin needing more skilled workers at home.

This competition for talent can only result in positive outcomes if it is embedded in a system that is fair and that produces a triple-win situation, one that benefits the countries of origin, the destination countries and the immigrants themselves. 

The recipient of this year's Reinhard Mohn Prize is former Bundestag President Rita Süssmuth. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is using the prize to honor the CDU politician for her pioneering efforts to create a contemporary immigration and integration policy. Süssmuth will receive the €200,000 prize at a ceremony to be held in Gütersloh on June 11.

To further explore the Topic "A Fair Deal on Talent – Creating an Equitable System of Migration",  the foundation organized the international Reinhard Mohn Symposium in May.

 How can we manage migration in a fair way? This question is at the core of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2015 – and of the publication "A Fair Deal on Talent – Fostering Just Migration Governance" of the Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung.