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News article29 March 2019

Legal migration: EU rules are fit for purpose but need better implementation and communication

Today, the European Commission presented its assessment of EU legislation on legal migration, as part of the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme. This 'fitness check' revealed that the current EU rules are largely fit for purpose, providing minimum harmonised procedures and rights for non-EU nationals who follow legal migration paths to the EU. At the same time, the report notes that more efforts are needed to raise awareness about the rights and procedures established by EU legislation and improve their implementation by Member States. In addition, a more harmonised and effective approach should be promoted to attract highly skilled workers.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship said: “As we move from crisis management to finding long-term structural approaches to migration, a more proactive approach to managing legal migration is needed. This is about economics, stability, growth. We need to better regulate the existing rights and conditions of all those who come to Europe for study, work or family reasons. This is in the interest of the Member States as well as those migrating to the EU legally.”

As part of this fitness check the Commission assessed 9 pieces of EU legislation on legal migration and carried out an extensive consultation process with key stakeholders and a public consultation, as well as commissioned an external study. The Commission is also reporting today on the implementation of the 3 Directives on the status of non-EU nationals with long-term residence permits, the right to family reunification and single work permit. All the reports are available online.

More information about migrating legally to the EU can also be found on the Immigration Portal.


Publication date
29 March 2019