The coronavirus epidemic means medics of all backgrounds are in demand.
In Saxony, the heartland of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), the regional medical board is advertising for migrant doctors to help tackle an expected rise in cases.
"Foreign doctors who are in Saxony but do not yet have a license to practice medicine can help with coronavirus care," read a Facebook appeal.
300 volunteers had responded to its appeal for help, including “many foreign doctors whose licensing procedures are not yet completed, whose help is very welcome.”
Shadi Shahda, 29, once an ENT (ear, nose, throat) medical resident in Syria, is ready to help. He jumped at the medical board’s Facebook post and says, “ I was very happy when I saw that I could do something in the country where I am living.”