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Migration for Employment and Self-employment

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In July 2001, the Commission proposed a Directive which would set out general rules on migration for employment and self-employment into the European Union (EU). The EU first tried to address migration for employment and self-employment by means of two separate "Resolutions" agreed by the Council in 1994.44 These Resolutions set out general principles concerning admission of these categories that are particularly restrictive in the case of employment migration, apparently suggesting that all such migration should be temporary. To obtain admission for self-employment, applicants would have to show that their activity would have a beneficial effect on employment in that Member State. The labour migration rules would be amended by permitting Member States to establish quotas or "other measures" instead of a labour market test, and requiring the Commission to set up a Europe-wide monitoring system on admissions for employment.

Keywords: employment migration; European Union (EU); self-employment



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