IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The European Commission has released the results of a public consultation on the EU Blue Card and EU high-skilled labor migration policies.
What does the change mean? The responses to the consultation from employers, high-skilled migrants and other stakeholders will help inform steps the EU will take to improve the EU Blue Card scheme and migration policies to better attract high-skilled workers.
Background: The European Commission is in the process of reviewing the EU Blue Card Directive as part of its agenda on legal migration. The consultation was open from May through September and sought comments from employers, employer associations, non-EU nationals within and outside the EU, trade unions and other stakeholders. A total of 625 contributions were submitted from stakeholders.
The key findings are:
The full summary of responses is available here.
Additional information on the consultation is available here.
BAL Analysis: The public comments to which BAL contributed confirm that the EU Blue Card is underutilized by businesses, and its scope should be broadened and procedures streamlined to improve its attractiveness as a route for employers to use in bringing skilled non-EU workers to Europe.
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