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The Directives On Legal Migration Of Third-Country Nationals

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This chapter provides an overview on the adoption process and the most important provisions of the five Directives on legal migration that have been adopted since the Treaty of Amsterdam (ToA), and the draft Directive on a single application procedure for a single permit for third-country nationals. It serves as a general introduction to the content of the six legal instruments. As one of its first initiatives under the newly gained competences in the field of immigration under the ToA, in March 2001 the European Commission put forward a proposal for the adoption of a Directive concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents. The objectives of Directive 2003/109/EC include a better integration of third-country nationals with a view to economic and social cohesion, and the approximation of the rights of third-country nationals to those of EU citizens.

Keywords: Directive 2003/109/EC; European Commission; legal migration; single permit; third-country nationals



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