Migration and Home Affairs

Proposal for common entry and residence conditions for third-country seasonal workers

The European Commission has today presented a proposal for a directive on seasonal employment. The proposal aims at establishing a common procedure for entry and residence in the EU and defines the rights of seasonal workers from third-countries.

The proposed directive concerns non-EU citizens coming to an EU Member State for the purposes of seasonal employment on EU territory. The work will be carried out during one or more fixed-term work contracts concluded directly between the non-EU worker and the employer established in a Member State.

The proposal introduces a special procedure for the entry and residence of third-country seasonal workers and defines their rights while at the same time providing incentives for circular migration to prevent a temporary stay from becoming permanent.

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Tuesday, 13 July, 2010