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"Make it in Germany", the online platform for qualified professionals interested in coming to live and work in Germany, is a total success. 10 million visitors, 90% of them from abroad, have already used the site, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Minister Gabriel declared: "Make it in Germany" shows qualified professionals from around the world how to make a success of living and working in Germany. It tells them how to prepare before they set out, guides them as they arrive and take their first steps here, and provides advice and advertisements about potential employment. Germany has quite a lot to offer in the competition to recruit the best brains. 10 million visitors to the website are a good indication of this."

"Make it in Germany" is targeted at highly qualified professionals, particularly in the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and provides information about career prospects in the fields of research and self-employment. Almost 90% of hits come from abroad, mainly from India, Viet Nam, Russia and Indonesia. "make-it-in-germany.com" went live in tandem with the www.fachkräfte-offensive.de website as part of the skills campaign launched in June 2012 by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Federal Employment Agency.

In cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency, current job offers are entered directly into the website's job listings section. Also, "Make it in Germany" works together with the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and the International Placement Services of the Federal Employment Agency to deliver a customised advisory service. Those interested in migrating to Germany can contact both the "Living and Working in Germany" hotline and the Virtual Welcome Centre. "Make it in Germany" also has a Twitter account with more than 6,000 followers. Mobile access has been available free of charge since April via the "Make it" app.

In view of similar demographic developments in many EU countries, there will be an increased need to attract qualified professionals from countries outside the EU in future. For people from non-EU countries, Germany offers a variety of ways to immigrate - from the EU Blue Card for the highly qualified to residence permits, higher education studies, and self-employment. The new section called "Visa" on "Make it in Germany" provides a transparent and clear overview of the various ways to migrate to Germany.