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September 17, 2007

EU Justice Chief Announces Landmark Immigration Proposal

Jessica Pupovac - AHN Writer, September 14, 2007

"Brussels, Belgium (AHN) - The European Union's top justice official is advocating for the bloc to open it's doors to 20 million more immigrant workers over the course of the next two decades.

Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini called on the 27-member states to "look at immigration as an enrichment and as a inescapable phenomenon of today's world, not as a threat," in a speech delivered at an immigration conference in Lisbon Thursday.

He said that he is weighing proposals to develop a "Blue EU Labour Card" program, which would "attract the workers needed to fill specific gaps." Under the proposal, highly qualified foreigners would enter one of the EU's member states for a period of two years before either returning to their home countries or applying for a renewal in the same or a second member country. After five consecutive years in any one state, they would be able to seek longer-term residency status, at which point they would be entitled to move freely across borders.

The proposal would also include boosting the legal immigrants rights to work under fair conditions.

He plans to formally unveil the proposal on October 23...".

at; http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7008521848

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 17, 2007 03:07 PM

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