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The European Union blue card directive: What were the main reasons to introduce the EU Blue Card directive and what was the final result after two years of political debate?

Meyer, Nicole Y. (2010) The European Union blue card directive: What were the main reasons to introduce the EU Blue Card directive and what was the final result after two years of political debate?

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Abstract:This Bachelor thesis is concerned with the European Union Blue Card directive. Given that the history of EU immigration policy did not start until the Treaty of Maastricht which incorporated immigration policy into the legal framework of the EU, the Blue Card can be considered an important breakthrough in the field of EU immigration policy. So far, only little research about the Blue Card directive has been done. Therefore, the central research question of this thesis is: What were the main reasons to introduce the EU Blue Card directive and what was the final result after two years of political debate? With the Blue Card directive, the EU managed to agree on a common regulation for legal migration at the EU level for the first time. Though immigration policy is a sensitive field for the EU Member States, the increasing global competition for highly skilled workers and the mid-term failure of the Lisbon Agenda demand that the EU comes up with a harmonious policy to manage economic migration. As the thesis will point out, the Blue Card directive was subject to controversial debates in the main institutions of the EU involved in the decision-making process. Much compromising had to be done till the directive was finally adopted on 25th May 2009. Different from the Commission’s intention to create an exclusive system providing for a uniform entry and residence permit for highly qualified third-country nationals, the Blue Card became rather a symbol of good-will than a strong measure for attracting highly skilled migrants.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60307
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