A large number of international students in Germany depend financially on part-time jobs, through which they manage to finance both their studies and living expenses.
Studying-in-Germany.org carried out a poll which concluded that 90% of international students in Germany have been financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The poll asked over 30,000 students currently in Germany, whether their financial situation has been altered due to the pandemic.
Germany is a hub for international students and its popularity is not simply a result of its high-quality education. The country has a long and rich history and a vibrant lifestyle, it is basically where students go and thrive, both academically and socially. German universities are nearly free of cost, something that has attracted thousands of students each year. These students manage to finance their study and living costs through the many part-time job possibilities for international students available in Germany.
During a time when the coronavirus pandemic is risking not only the lives of the people but also the economic state of the country, preventing the virus from spreading is of foremost priority. This, as a result, has caused the country to impose numerous safety measures which include remote working, temporary closure of many businesses, and travel restrictions among others. At the moment, daily life as we know it has been altered and although its outcomes have been beneficial towards avoiding the spread of the virus, international students have been facing financial difficulties.
While many international students in Germany take up student loans or scholarships, working part-time is crucial for those who want a bit of extra money in their pockets to live properly. Some of the part-time jobs typically undertaken by students include the likes of bartending, waiting, babysitting, or tutoring. International students from other countries are permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year, which, at the end of the day, is not a great source of income but it does help with the costs of living. They are not allowed to be self-employed or work as freelancers, so that reduces their job opportunities.
As restaurants, non-essential shops, pubs, cinemas, and theatres continue to remain closed in Germany, students who have been working part-time in these institutions will continue to be unemployed. If the pandemic situation does not end soon, the country might be in for economic problems. This is why everyone must follow government regulations, avoid large gatherings and keep the proper hand and respiratory hygiene in order to slow the spread of the virus and go back to normal as soon as possible.
According to German experts, in a report published by the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, it is not possible for the economy to develop if the virus spreads uncontrollably. According to them, there should be a gradual transition where sectors with a lower risk of infection should be opened first while sectors, where remote work is possible, should have less priority than jobs where a home office is not possible. As a result, the fight of the virus and its consequences should be approached “more like a marathon than a sprint.”
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