Magazine article European Social Policy

Immigration : New Directives Pave Way for Selective Immigration

Magazine article European Social Policy

Immigration : New Directives Pave Way for Selective Immigration

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The EU Council of Ministers killed two birds with one stone by adopting two directives on immigration, on 25 May. One creates a European blue card' to attract highly qualified applicants from non-EU countries and the other intends to sanction those employing illegal immigrants.

"I am delighted that we were able to set up two important parts of our Common Immigration Policy," said the Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, Jacques Barrot. In short, the two texts pave the way in Europe for selective immigration', established by the European pact on immigration and asylum, adopted by the member states in October 2008.

On 19 February, the European Parliament had expressed itself, in co-decision, on the sanctions directive', on the basis of a compromise with the Council. For member states, it will be a question of blaming repression on the employer and not the migrant; setting up penal sanctions in the most serious cases; ensuring the automatic recovery of unpaid wages; anticipating a mechanism for lodging complaints; giving a sense of responsibility to businesses that subcontract; and, lastly, carrying out effective inspections.

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The blue card' will act as a residence and work permit for two years (renewable) in order to compete with other popular destinations for qualified immigrants, via common criteria. And there is much work to be done: in the EU's total employed population, 1.7% are highly qualified workers from non-EU countries, compared with 9. …

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