EU Member States are facing employment shortages in a number of key sectors: Europe could need up to 756,000 skilled ICT workers and around a million healthcare professionals by 2020. A revised EU Blue Card aims to attract the world's best and brightest.
I've always been very interested in moving to Europe. I think a lot of it has to do with the quality of life here as well. An American citizen, Jason Cramer was offered a job by a Belgian pharmaceutical company in 2014. He moved to Belgium through the EU Blue Card scheme - one of only 19 people to do so that year. The card allows high-skilled non-EU workers to work in the bloc, bar three countries. Attracting talent hasn't been easy. Europe could need up to 756,000 skilled ICT workers and around a million healthcare professionals by 2020. It's a Blue Card which is not very well known. It's not very well publicised. Some countries use their own national system. And then some countries simply don't take advantage of the system. In 2015, only 17,106 cards were issued, mostly by Germany. To increase its appeal, the Blue Card will be made easier to get. Lower salary threshold. Shorter contracts. Help for graduates in sectors in need. This is a scheme which will not be about mass migration. It will be about targeted migration to fill some skills gap. With the revised Blue Card, Europe hopes to win over more of the world's best and brightest.