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Foreign students and volunteers and long-term migrants - two Commission reports published today

28/09/2011

The European Commission today has issued two reports today, on how EU States have implemented EU rules on the entry and residence of students, pupils, unremunerated trainees and volunteers and on how EU States have translated EU rules on long-term resident status for migrants into their national law.

According to the reports, foreign students still experience difficulties coming to the EU to study, mostly due to an uneven implementation of the relevant EU legislation. In particular, the level of harmonisation of their rights could be increased and strengthened. Therefore, the Commission has the intention to propose amendments to the Directive 2004/114/EC during 2012.

At the same time, the second report finds that the special status which is to be granted to immigrants who have been legally residing in an EU Member State at least for five years and fulfil certain conditions, is not sufficiently used. This problem may be due to the lack of information among migrants about this status and the rights attached to it, as well as deficiencies in the transposition of the Directive 2003/109/EC at national level.

For more information:

  • IP/11/1089: Foreign students, school pupils, trainees and volunteers cannot fully exploit the advantages of travelling and staying in the EU
  • COM(2011) 587 final pdf - 53 KB [53 KB] : Report from the Commission on the application of Directive 2004/114/EC on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service
  • COM (2011) 585 final pdf - 58 KB [58 KB] : Report from the Commission on the application of Directive 2003/109/EC concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents
  • Directive 2004/114/EC : on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service
  • Directive 2003/109/EC : concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents

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