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Public consultation on the EU Blue Card and the EU’s labour migration policies

Policy field(s)

Home Affairs; Immigration; legal migration; labour migration; economic migration; highly qualified migration

Target group(s)

All citizens, organisations and third-country nationals (inside and outside the EU) are welcome to contribute. Contributions are sought from employers (large and Small and Medium Enterprises), employers’ associations, non-EU migrant workers and entrepreneurs already legally residing in the EU, potential non-EU migrants and entrepreneurs outside the EU, private/public employment matching organizations, trade unions, ministries and employment agencies of Member States, regional and local authorities, statistical offices, media, academia, international organisations, organisations or authorities of the countries of origin, social partners and civil society in general.

Period of consultation

From 27/05/2015 to 30/09/2015 (deadline extended from 21/08/2015)

Objective of the consultation

The aim of the consultation is to collect opinions on a range of issues related to economic migration with a view to contribute to the elaboration of a new European policy on legal migration and a review of the so-called "Blue Card" Directive. This is one of the priorities included in the European Agenda on Migration, adopted by the Commission on 13 May 2015. This new policy on legal migration should help the EU address specific skills shortages and become a more attractive destination for talented workers and entrepreneurs who are willing to invest in Europe. In addition, the specific section on the EU Blue Card intends to gather opinions on how the shortcomings of this scheme can best be addressed, and how it can be made more effective and attractive.

This public consultation forms part of a reflection process to elaborate a new EU policy on legal migration and gives stakeholders the opportunity to present their views on these issues, including on the review of the Blue Card Directive.

For more information on this consultation please read its explanatory text (click box for more languages).

Roadmap of the consultation

How to submit your contribution

You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online consultation form.

Contributions may be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement (click box for more languages) for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Contact details

Responsible service:

Directorate-General for Home Affairs Unit B1 – Legal Migration and Integration


Postal address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Home Affairs

Unit B1 – Legal Migration and Integration

B - 1049 Brussels

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contributions to the consultation



Employer's organisation

Executive and Senior-Level Management (Oversees Mid-Level Management and multiple departments; May manage multiple facilities; May manage national or global operations; Manages budgets)

International organisations

Local Authority


National Consulate/Embassy

National Ministry

Non-EU migrant workers and entrepreneurs already residing -or having previously resided- legally in the European Union

Non-EU migrant workers and entrepreneurs currently outside the European Union but considering or having considered to migrate to the EU

Non-Governmental Organisations (advocacy)

Non-Governmental Organisations (support network, assistance, services)

Organisations or authorities of the countries of origin

Private Employment Service

Private Individuals

Public Employment Service

Regional Authority

Trade Union


Written Contributions

Results of consultation and next steps

Summary of Replies to the Public Consultation on the EU Blue Card and the EU Labour Migration Policies for Highly Skilled Workers

Deadline: from 31/10/2015 to: 31/10/2015