German Translations for Business
Germany is one of the most affluent countries in Europe. It has a large manufacturing base specialising in well-known names in the car industry like BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz. This has attracted customers from all over the world to buy the products and sell them in their own countries. Few transactions between businesses in countries that do not share the same language will be able to occur unless translations take place to ensure the trading goes to plan. This is when translating German to the trading partners’ languages is a key to successful trading relations.
The Sorts of Documents that need a German Translation could Include:
- Product descriptions
- User manuals
- Supply contracts
- Warranty documents
- Freight documents
German Translation for Migrants
Immigrant population in recent years have hit new highs in Germany. Those who live in Germany who come from an immigrant background rose 8.5 percent in 2016. The German migrant population now stands at 18.6 million. Some, but not all, of this immigrant trend is due to a rise in the number of refugees. Every refugee or migrant who does not speak German will need to get all their key documents like birth and marriage certificates translated into the German language.
Many Migrants are Attracted to Bavaria
There are more people who hold foreign citizenship living in Germany today than there has ever been. The Federal Statistics Office said recently it put the number at 10.6 million which includes both refugees and migrants seeking opportunities from other EU countries. Putting it another way of the 82 million people who live in Germany, roughly 1 in 8 is a foreign national. Bavaria appears to attract the most migrants. It covers an area spanning 50,000 square kilometres, which makes up about 1/5th of the country. Its population currently stands at 12.9 million.
Turks make up the Largest Ethnic Group
The biggest ethnic group living in German are the Turkish. They have been welcomed into Germany since the 1960s to provide labour for the burgeoning car industry. More migrants in recent years, particularly since 2004, have come from Eastern and Southern Europe to fill labour gaps as they are now members of the EU. This includes Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Croatia, which have seen yearly increases of 12.5 percent.
All Turks and other migrants from non EU countries, whether temporary or permanent, will need to provide translations of the following documents before being allowed to enter the country:
- Birth certificates for all the family
- Marriage certificates when applicable
- Criminal history checks from their country of origin
- Job offer if not a refugee from the German employer
- Character references from a person of standing in their own country
Migrants from EU Countries to Germany
Despite EU migrants having freedom of movement in Germany, if they want to get jobs and live permanently in Germany they will need to have many documents from their original countries translated which helps them and their families settle more quickly in Germany. These include:
- Children’s school records
- Medical and dental reports
- Work references from previous employers
- Birth and marriage certificates
- Criminal history checks, in some cases, may also be required
Why Choose Germany for Work?
As Europe’s biggest economy, Germany is currently enjoying a favourable budget surplus, falling unemployment, pay rises that have risen above inflation and low borrowing costs. As a result, Germany has recently implemented new immigration laws for skilled labour. This is targeting specifically non-EU skilled people who will now find it is far easier to look for a job and work in Germany, particularly if they can offer a skill where there is currently a job shortage.
As a start, the non-EU citizens must be qualified either with a degree or vocational training and have an employment contract. This means German companies in all sectors will now be able to recruit skilled workers from abroad, unlike before when only workers in certain sectors could be employed from outside Germany.
Some of the skill shortages are:
black toppers, metal turners, specialist power engineers, milling machinists, agricultural equipment engineers, power engineering graduates, graduate mechanical engineers, data processing graduate engineers, roofers, die makers, punch makers and cutter makers, welders, construction joiners, electrical installers and fitters, concrete fitters, carpenters, floor and wall tilers, motor mechanics, pipe installers and pipe fitters, graduate nurses.
Anyone coming from another country will have to have a working knowledge of German before acceptance for employment. German translations will be required of all legal documents too.
As well as providing this provision for non-EU workers asylum seekers who have been rejected will now have a better chance of getting residency if they secure a permanent job.