20 Years Ago: Experiment Green Card

A pale form and a photo with the Minister Harianto Wijaya brought only in every newspaper and then to the Museum. A green card there. And one of those "Compute

20 Years Ago: Experiment Green Card

A pale form and a photo with the Minister Harianto Wijaya brought only in every newspaper and then to the Museum. A green card there. And one of those "Computer Indians", of which, at the time, and often cliche the speech, not loaded, was Wijaya also. Of computer science and mobile expert, was from Indonesia and studied in Aachen, Germany. But he was the First one who got in the summer of 2000, the Green Card, previously in double-quick time, introduced a work permit for desperately sought-after foreign IT-experts - presented by the then SPD labour Minister Walter Riester personally.

for Exactly 20 years later, the Problem of lack of skilled workers in the IT industry is not solved still, the Green Card, but long story. Officially introduced on 1. In August 2000, was moderate at the end of 2004 already final, however, plan: New legal rules on immigration came into force and replaced the Green Card. Wijayas specimen wandered into the collection at the house of history in Bonn.

Rüttgers quote caused quite a stir

What remained for years in the minds, especially the rather paltry Numbers, and the "children instead of Indians"-debate, Jürgen Rüttgers. Rüttgers, at the time, the CDU-leading candidate for the Landtag election in North Rhine-Westphalia, had criticized the move by the red-green Federal government with the phrase "Instead of Indians, to the Computer of our children on the Computer" and, thus, a months-long discussion on racism triggered.

Updated Date: 29 July 2020, 08:20

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