Facilitation of immigration to the EU: Algeria concerned?

Europe, often reluctant to the influx of high-speed immigration, nevertheless leans this time towards the development of “qualitative” immigration. Indeed, many directives have been undertaken by the European Commission in order to put in place but above all to streamline and facilitate legal immigration within the whole of the European Union, more precisely in certain fields of activity including the hand labor becomes more and more rare or unskilled like health or even building.

The commission therefore revealed this Wednesday, April 27, 2022 a directive which aims to facilitate procedures for obtaining work and residence permits in order to promote “legal immigration”, which would be a real boost for the European economy and would according to Margaritis Schinas the Vice-President of the Commission a win-win system. Indeed, the newcomers benefit from a better living environment, a situation and the means made available to guarantee a substantial development, while the country would benefit from a labor force which it sorely lacks.

Concrete measures put in place to facilitate legal immigration

To implement this initiative, the commission will make it possible, thanks to a reform, for newcomers to obtain a work and residence permit in the EU, and this by reducing the processing times for the various files in order to streamline this.

Individuals can submit their applications from their country, and the permit will no longer be linked to a single employer, leaving no room for maneuver to employees and not allowing them to apply elsewhere and change jobs legally. A “long-term resident” status will be less burdensome to obtain after the five years of residence in the country while recognizing the 5 years of residence in the different Member States in order to encourage the mobility of foreigners and therefore the flow of labor thus giving him free access to the various opportunities offered by the EU.

In addition, the study time as well as the period of reception under temporary protection within the member countries will be taken into account, which will be a key element in obtaining this status.

Will Algeria be concerned by the partnership between the EU and the Maghreb countries?

After having presented the legislative aspect of this operation, the European Commission presents the operational aspect of this whole initiative and proposes a platform on which candidates can register in order to create a link: employees / employers. Other measures will be put in place, such as the establishment of a partnership between European countries and the Maghreb, but Algeria has not been mentioned. Indeed, the Maghreb countries which are concerned are Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt, then Senegal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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