Attracting the talent we need

The EU is currently losing the global race for talent. Other OECD countries, such as the USA, Canada, and Australia, are attracting more talent from abroad.

The Impact of Demographic Change in Europe report shows that Europe has an ageing and shrinking population and skills shortages that need to be addressed.



  • EU Blue card directive icon

    Reform of the EU Blue Card Directive to attract the highly skilled talent needed in different labour markets now agreed.

  • single permit directive icon

    Revise the Single Permit Directive to simplify the procedures for low and medium skilled workers.

  • Long term residence directive icon

    Revise the Long-term Residence Directive to strengthen the rights of residents to move and work in different Member States.

    • EU Talent pool icon

      Set up an EU Talent Pool to match skilled workers wishing to move to the EU with the needs of EU employers.

In April 2022, the Commission has put forward an ambitious and sustainable legal migration policy. It proposed legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.

Offering legal pathways

  • Helps make Europe an open, globally connected continent
  • Reduces irregular migration and its human and economic costs


  • resettlement icon
    Resettlement Commission reinforcing support to Member States to implement the 2020 pledge delayed by the pandemic and inviting pledges from 2022 onwards, to confirm EU global lead on resettlement.
  • Complementary pathways: EU budget supports humanitarian admission schemes and study or work-related schemes.
    Complementary pathways EU budget supports Member States' humanitarian admission schemes and study or work-related schemes
  • Community sponsorships
    Community sponsorship Member States encouraged to allow citizens, communities and civil society to sponsor refugees in need to come to Europe

Supporting integration into local communities


  • unemployment
  • lack of educational or training opportunities
  • limited social interaction

Successful integration

  • benefits newcomers and local communities
  • sets a positive example for how Europe can manage migration by building open and resilient societies


Calendar icon Action Plan on integration and inclusion for 2021-2027
European partnership for integration

Renewed European Partnership for Integration for stronger cooperation with trade unions, employers’ organisations, chambers of commerce for integration through work

view of migrants icon Including the views of migrants in the development of policies through a dedicated expert group to advise the Commission.



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