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Ireland may not go for the Blue Card

24 October 2007 | Ireland | 3 Responses by paul savage.

It has been reported today that Ireland and some other EU countries like the UK & Denmark may not vote to approve the EU’s new program, called the Blue Card (after the EU flag colour) visa work system. It is planned that it will be based on the US Green Card system. Ireland already has a Green Card system in place, see It’s aim is to attract more skilled labourers to live within the 27-country bloc and fill 20 million jobs in the next 20 years.

Blue card holders and their families would be able to live, work and travel within the EU. The EU said the proposal is meant to bring in more immigrants with skills in the engineering and computer technology sector in particular. Another aim is to compete with the U.S. for some of the best brains in the world, the BBC reports.

European Commissioner for Justice Franco Frattini, who is pushing the proposal, said that only five per cent of all skilled labour migrates to the EU while more than half goes to the U.S.

blue card in ireland

The plan has reportedly been met with some controversy over fears that it could trigger brain drains in poorer countries. The U.K., Denmark and Ireland may opt out of the plan, Reuters reported.

Below are some key points of the proposal plan:

  • The employer will have to prove the job cannot be filled by an EU citizen.
  • Applicants must have a job offer of at least a one-year contract and be qualified to fill the post.
  • The work contract must offer a wage that is at least triple the minimum wage in the country where the job is to be located.
  • The blue card would remain valid as long as the holder has a job. If the holder loses his or her job, it remains valid for up to three months of unemployment.
  • Blue card holders will have the same social and employment rights as EU citizens, as well as the right to bring in families. They can also move to any other EU country if they find a new job there after two years of legal residence in the first member state.
  • They would be treated like EU nationals for tax benefits and pensions payment when moving to another country.

3 Responses

  1. Ahmad AbdulWakeel said on 27 Jan 2009 at 2:20 am

    why would ireland, uk and denmark not in favor of blue card.

  2. bili said on 27 May 2009 at 11:33 am

    we dont like because there is no jobs iam extremely happy the ireland and denmark tel strate anwer to eu i think that will should be finish nw

  3. Ahmad AbdulWakeel said on 29 May 2009 at 11:22 am

    have you not seen what happend to economy of ireland after saying no to lisbon treaty. step by step if ireland is trying to be isolated from europe, then the economy of ireland will be in doubt itself. Denmark and UK may not need the support from EU but ireland do need.

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