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  • In the global context, a person falling within ILO ISCO-88 Classes 1, 2 and 3, e.g. a person qualified as a manager, executive, professional, technician or similar, who moves within the internal labour markets of transnational corporations and international organisations, or who seeks employment through international labour markets for scarce skills.
  • In the EU context, a third-country national who seeks employment in an EU Member State and has the required adequate and specific competence, as proven by higher professional qualifications.



  • BG: висококвалифициран миграант
  • CS: vysoce kvalifikovaný migrant
  • DE: hochqualifizierter Migrant
  • EL: μετανάστης υψηλής εξειδίκευσης
  • EN: highly qualified migrant
  • ES: persona migrante altamente cualificada
  • ET: kõrgelt kvalifitseeritud sisserändaja
  • FI: korkeasti koulutettu maahanmuuttaja
  • FR: migrant hautement qualifié
  • GA: imirceach ardcháilithe
  • HR: visokokvalificirani migrant
  • HU: magasan képzett migráns
  • IT: migrante altamente qualificato
  • LT: aukštos profesinės kvalifikacijos migrantas
  • LV: augsti kvalificēts migrants
  • MT: Migrant(a) bi kwalifiki għoljin
  • NL: hooggekwalificeerde migrant
  • PL: migrant wysoko wykwalifikowany
  • PT: migrante altamente qualificado
  • RO: migrant înalt calificat
  • SK: vysokokvalifikovaný migrant
  • SL: visokokvalificirani migrant
  • SV: högkvalificerad migrant
  • NO: høyt kvalifisert migrant (b); høgt kvalifisert migrant (n)
  • KA: მაღალკვალიფიციური მიგრანტი 
  • UK: висококваліфікований мігрант
  • HY: բարձր որակավորում ունեցող միգրանտ


  • business migrant
  • highly qualified migrant worker
  • highly skilled migrant

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1. In some EU Member States, there is a distinction between ‘highly skilled’, referring to someone who has the required adequate and specific competence, as proven by higher educational qualifications, and / or extensive (vocational) experience; and ‘highly qualified’, referring to someone who has required adequate and specific competence, as proven by higher educational qualifications only. In the EU context, however, these terms are considered to be interchangeable, e.g. the definition for 'highly skilled' used in Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 (Migration Statistics Regulation) uses the definition for ‘highly qualified’.
2. The understanding of who is a ‘highly qualified’ and a ‘qualified third-country national’ varies in the EU Member States, with different definitions and concepts existing. Often these depend on national labour market demands and other national criteria. For more information, see EMN: Attracting highly qualified and qualified third-country nationals, 2013.