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Economy & Jobs 18-09-2018

The importance of safeguarding spouse work authorisation

In the past two decades, there has been a steady increase in the number of countries enabling work authorisation for partners and spouses of highly-skilled employees on international assignment. This positive international trend has resulted in a ‘triple-win’ for governments, employers and families, writes Helen Frew.

EU Blue Card reform ‘counter-intuitive but necessary’

Europe risks being left behind in the race for talent and the development of a knowledge economy and has failed to compete with other OECD destinations. EU policy needs to be more flexible and knock down the barriers to recruitment of the highly qualified, writes Jonathan Chaloff.
Dead immigrants on Italian shore, file photo [Reuters]

Refugee deaths in Mediterranean hit 10,000

More than 10,000 people have died crossing the Mediterranean to Europe since 2014, the UN said yesterday (7 June), as the EU unveiled fresh plans to stem the migrant flow from Africa.

Europe’s tech industry could get boost from visa overhaul

Changes to chaotic EU visa rules could help workers move to Europe if they receive a job offer—and their chances are better if they find work in the tech or healthcare sectors.
German Development Minister Gerd Müller hopes to encourage better working conditions and wages for textile workers in developing countries. [ILO/Aaron Santos]
Global Europe 07-06-2016

EU plans migrant work permit relaunch, funding for Africa

The European Union will present proposals on Tuesday to relaunch a little-used work permit scheme, similar to the US Green Card, as part of efforts to curb irregular migration to the 28-nation bloc, officials said yesterday (6 June).

Brain gain: Six ways the EU startup visa will bring success to Europe

An EU-wide startup visa should make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up businesses and hire talented employees, writes Lenard Koschwitz.

National concerns erode European migration strategy

The European Commission proposed today (13 May) taking in 20,000 refugees over two years and distributing them across Europe but giving Britain, Ireland and Denmark the option not to accept any.

Belgium best-poised to attract non-EU ‘brains’

Compared to other EU countries, Belgium scores highest when it comes to speeding up legal processes to attract highly-skilled workers, a study has found.
Cecilia Malmström

The EU needs more labour migration

Labour migration is becoming a sensitive issue and misperceptions are widespread. If the potential of migration to deal with labour and skills shortages is to be further explored, policymakers at all levels have a responsibility to enter into an informed debate based on facts and a long-term view, writes EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

EU liberal chief: There’s a way out of Europe’s immigration dilemma

Tackling demographic change is not only about choosing the right policy mix between raising the retirement age and accepting immigrants, but also fighting prejudice and building partnerships with Mediterranean countries, said Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, president of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform (ELDR) party, in an interview with EURACTIV.

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