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Researchers and students from third countries: easier entry and residence conditions - New directive paves the way for a European legal migration system-


11 May 2016


Global Europe
Social Europe & Jobs

Those third-country nationals willing to enter the EU to conduct a research, study, volunteer or participate in training will have easier and clearer entry and residence conditions thanks to the new directive approved today by the plenary. Under the leadership of ALDE MEP Cecilia Wikström, the Parliament backed a text aiming at attracting skilled third nationals who will contribute to competitiveness of the EU. This new law will provide a legal migration channel to the EU and will fill in the economic and demographic gaps in the European labour market.

Cecilia Wikström, ALDE rapporteur for the European Parliament, said: "I am glad that the EU recognises the value of attracting highly skilled people to come here and to entice them to stay by creating a harmonized European system, applicable in all Member States".

"This undoubtedly means that our European universities will foster their competitiveness on the global arena and become more attractive than ever for ambitious and highly educated people from other countries, who will now receive considerably improved conditions in the EU".

"Looking ahead, today's settlement means that researchers at European universities will strengthen their academic status and contribute to the common European economic development. These educated people will help creating jobs and economic growth in the EU".

Note to editors
Member states will have two years to translate the directive into national law once the new legislation enters into force.