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Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes a new immigration law will make it easier for foreign workers to find jobs in Germany, but her push to fill a record number of vacancies risks angering voters who still resent her open-door refugee policy.In eastern Germany, the figure was 66 percent.There are regional elections next year in the eastern states of Saxony, Brandenburg and Thuringia, where the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is expected to make strong gains at the cost of Merkel's conservatives and her center-left coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD).INFLUXThe unprecedented 2015 influx of asylum-seekers, mainly from Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, has already caused popular anger and propelled the AfD, which rejects the new immigration law, into the national Parliament.Merkel may escape a political backlash if she can convince voters the new law will address specific labor shortages and not increase overall competition in the jobs market.Allowing even more foreigners into the country is a risk for Merkel – even if the labor force in Europe's biggest economy is forecast to shrink drastically and can only be stabilized with net immigration of 400,000 people every year until 2060 .This makes it hard for Eyeem to plan and for the Egyptian worker to get on with moving to Germany.Merkel stresses that the immigration law is accompanied by a 4 billion euro (almost $4.7 billion) program to help Germany's 800,000 long-term unemployed find work.
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