Canada and Germany recently signed a social security agreement that aims to benefit workers who have lived and worked in both countries. The agreement, which came into effect on January 1st, 2021, will make it easier for Canadians and Germans to qualify for social security benefits when they retire or become disabled.
Under the new agreement, contributions made by workers in one country can be counted towards their social security entitlements in the other country. This means that Canadians who have lived and worked in Germany can now use their German contributions to qualify for Canadian benefits, and vice versa.
The agreement will also benefit workers who are temporarily posted to the other country by their employer. In these cases, they will only be required to pay social security contributions in their home country, rather than having to make contributions to both countries.
The social security agreement between Canada and Germany is an important development for workers who migrate between the two countries. It will provide them with greater certainty about their social security entitlements and reduce the administrative burden of having to navigate different social security systems.
One particular group that will benefit from the agreement are the many Canadians who served in Germany as part of NATO’s military mission during the Cold War. Many of these individuals were employed by the Canadian Armed Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and made social security contributions in Germany during their time there. Under the new agreement, they will be able to use those contributions to qualify for social security benefits in Canada.
The agreement also highlights the importance of international cooperation in ensuring that workers’ social security entitlements are protected when they move between countries. As more and more people choose to work and live abroad, it is essential that governments work together to provide them with access to the social security benefits they need.
In summary, the social security agreement between Canada and Germany is a positive development for workers who have lived and worked in both countries. It provides them with greater certainty about their social security entitlements and reduces the administrative burden of having to navigate different social security systems. As such, it is a welcome step towards greater international cooperation on social security issues.