Commission Introduces Talent Partnerships Program to Bring Skilled Workers to the EU

The European Commission is now launching the Talent Partnerships Program, which is designed to bring skilled non-EU citizens into the EU to live, work, and make better lives for themselves and families, according to an announcement published by the Commission.

Under the program, the EU will be partnering with third countries to provide support for skilled workers that will be brought to Europe.

Applicants that can be eligible for the Talent Partnerships program include already skilled workers, graduates, and students that possess or will possess skills that are in short supply within the EU.

The program will also provide opportunities for vocational education and training for qualified persons.

The main focus of the Talent Partnerships Program, aside from finding skilled foreign workers that are in short-supply in Europe, is to better manage irregular migration, human trafficking, smuggling, and other cross-border crime. The program is also intended to help support refugee populations in the EU and build upon the existing migration management infrastructure.

In an effort to combat the aforementioned problems that the EU is facing with migration, the Commission has put in their vote to allow for more legal opportunities for foreign workers to live and work in the EU, and do it all legally and safely.

“Well-managed, legal migration can bring great benefits to our society and the economy – especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Upskilling our existing workforce is essential but labour migration can also play an important role in reducing the skills gap and boosting EU innovation potential. Talent Partnerships are a “triple win” for all the parties involved – Member States, partner countries and migrants themselves,” said Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting Our European Way of Life.

The Commission is now working on several tailor-made Talent Partnerships with key countries and regions around the world in cooperation with Member States and other stakeholders.

To read the Commission’s full announcement and explanation of the program, click this link.

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