European Parliament set to approve changes to EU Blue Card to attract more highly skilled workers from non-EU nations

The parliament of the European Union have announced that Members are set to offer their final approval to alterations made on the European Blue Card initiative. This is with the goal of attracting more qualified workers from non-EU countries.

A provisional agreement was reached in May, 2021 between the EU Parliament and Council Presidency representatives to review the rules for skilled workers coming into the EU from “third world” countries. This would make it easier for EU employers to recruit workers from abroad.

The working age population of the EU is on a decline and is expected to drop from 333 million in 2016 to 292 million by 2070, representing a 14 percent plummet.

The vote was scheduled for September 13, 2021.

In order to increase the accessibility of the system, particularly for recent graduates and occupations in need of employees, the salary threshold is expected to be reduced by up to 60 percent of the average gross annual salary in the respective Member states.

EU Blue card holders will be permitted free movement from one EU member state to another after one year working in the country in which they first settled. They will also be permitted to allow family members accompany them.

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