The European Commission has presented a proposal designed to address legal immigration issues in the EU.
It is suggested that a ‘blue card’ be given to skilled workers with a restriction on mobility within the EU.
UK Green and immigration spokesperson Jean Lambert, criticising the limitations imposed on the movement of labour, said:
“This blue card is supposed to make the EU more attractive as a destination in the global ‘talent war’, but the Commission risks undermining its own goal. It is regretful that the Commission is proposing restrictions on mobility within the EU to accompany the card.
“Mobility is one of the fundamental freedoms in the EU and restrictions for one group of EU residents smacks of double standards. Instead of true mobility, it seems highly skilled workers will now be faced with a system of ‘aggregation of periods’ whereby free movement can be granted only after years of employment.”