The European Commission has launched a new initiative under the new Immigration and Asylum Pact, through which it intends to bring in workers from third countries to fill vacancies that EU citizens cannot fill.
According to a press release from the Commission, the initiative called the Talent Partnership will help tackle skills shortages in the European Union and will also foster mutually beneficial partnerships with third countries in the migration field.
The Commission noted the launch of the initiative: “By matching the skills of workers from non-EU countries with the needs of the labor market within the EU, talent partnerships should become an essential part of the EU’s relations with partner countries when it comes to managing migration together.”
During a Commission conference on the occasion, the Vice-President for the promotion of our European way of life, Margaritis Schinas, emphasized that legal immigration can bring significant benefits to the EI society and economy, in particular, as the mass emerges from the pandemic. .
“Improving the skills of our current workforce is essential, but labor migration can also play an important role in reducing the skills gap and boosting innovation potential in the EU,” said the Vice-President, while also emphasizing that all parties involved in the initiative would benefit from it.
While the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, insisted that the EU needs legal immigration because the population of member states is aging and key sectors such as healthcare and agriculture are facing a skills shortage.
Talent partnerships will help align the skills of candidates to work in Europe with the needs of the labor market. Talent partnerships will also give Europe a great tool to work with our partner countries on all aspects of migration, something that is missing so far.”
The Commission also expects the initiative to help reduce pressure on the EU’s labor market, which was created due to a shrinking working-age population.
At the same time, she hopes that talent partnerships will provide returning migrants with education and vocational training opportunities and improve EU cooperation with diaspora.
The Commission will now roll out several tailored talent partnerships with specific key countries and regions in collaboration with interested Member States and other stakeholders.
The initiative is part of the new Charter on Migration and Asylum, a new EU regulation aimed at replacing the number of irregular arrivals with regular arrivals, which was unveiled in September 2020.