The Federal Republic of Germany is a federally structured parliamentary democracy and a liberal democratic and social constitutional state in Central Europe. Germany is a member of the European Union and has the largest economy in Europe. The capital and seat of government is Berlin. The official language is German.

19 %

with a migrant background


There are 15 million people living in Germany with a migrant background which makes up 19% of the whole population. Roughly 6 million foreigners live in Germany of which 820,000 are from Asia. 100,000 people acquire German citizenship by naturalization annually.

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Germany is a highly developed country whose living standard ranks 15th out of 186 countries listed in the Human Development Index (HDI).

Some 80 million people live in Germany and 27% thereof are over age 60. Those below the age of 20 make up 18% of the population. The birth rate lies at 1.4 children per woman.


moderate Climate

Germany is situated in the temperate climate zone of Central Europe with mild winters and warm summers. The temperature can rise above 30°C in summer.




Wolf-Dieter Scheibert

  • Business degree, born in 1965
  • Professional soldier, reserve lieutenant
  • Studied business and economy in Freiburg and Frankfurt/Main
  • Lingner & Fischer Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl
  • Worked in sales as part of a traineeship programme, later worked in key account management and trade marketing.
  • Management Partner of Industrie AG, Berlin
  • Worked as junior manager on restructuring projects for national and international companies.
  • Built up the Berlin branch of MMK GmbH, Hamburg as a freelance recruitment consultant. Later became stakeholder as managing partner in Scheibert & Gräfe Recruitment Consultancy GmbH, (formerly MMK, Hamburg).
  • Partner of Scheibert & Meißner Recruitment Consultancy GbR, Berlin


Jörg Meißner

  • Graduate in Social Sciences
  • Vocational training as a maritime engineer, followed by several months at sea.
  • Studied social sciences at Berlin's Humboldt University and one semester of sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Visiting student at Berlin Business College. One year course on recruitment consulting at the Free University in Berlin.
  • Freelance trainer and consultant for universities.
  • Recruitment consultent since 2001.
  • Partner of Scheibert & Meißner Recruitment Consultancy GbR

Historical Development of the Migration

The migration of Filipino nurses to the USA has a long history. The first vocational schools for RNs were founded by Americans in the early 20th century when the Philippines were still under American colonial administration. Consequently from the beginning on the training was oriented to American standards and took place in English. Since 1920 RNs in the Philippines have been certified by the state.

Within the framework of an intergovernmental exchange accord following the second world war in 1948, Filipino RNs increasingly met the needs for the high demands of qualified personnel in the USA. The number of migrant workers increased further in the following years and was especially strong in the 1960s and 70s due to favorable immigration and work policies for foreign nurses.

The Philippines responded to this development with an increased number of study places for RNs trained explicitly for export. The number of Philippine colleges offering degrees in nursing has doubled over the past 35 years. Only some 15% of state certified RNs in the Philippines are able to find employment in their fields in their home country. Over 15,000 highly qualified nurses leave the Philippines annually in search of work abroad.

The Economic Significance of the Workforce Emigration for the Philippines

A Filipino nurse can earn up to 20 times more in the USA than in the Philippines. A large portion of this money is transferred back to the Philippines and significantly contributes to the Philippine GDP. Over US$ 25 billion are sent back to the Philippines annually by Filipino work emigrants, this makes up roughly 8% of the Philippine GDP. Some 10% of the Philippines population, roughly 10 million people, work abroad. Filipino nurses comprise the largest group among qualified work emigrants.