The European Commission has launched an initiative to attract talent and strengthen partnerships on migration with third countries. "Replacing irregular migration with legal pathways should be our strategic objective," Home Affairs European Commissioner Ylva Johansson stressed.
As part of the new Pact on Asylum and Migration, the European Commission on June 11 launched a new initiative "that will help to address skills shortages in the European Union and to strengthen mutually-beneficial partnerships on migration with third countries," according to a statement on its website.
"Matching the skills of workers from countries outside the EU with the labour market needs inside the EU, Talent Partnerships should become a key part of the EU's relations with partner countries when it comes to managing migration together," it added.
"Replacing irregular migration with legal pathways should be our strategic objective," Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson stressed.
Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: "Well-managed, legal migration can bring great benefits to our society and the economy -- especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic."
The statement noted that "the Commission will put forward a number of tailor-made Talent Partnerships with specific key countries and regions in cooperation with interested Member States and other stakeholders."
Italian interior minister backs entrance of skilled workers
"The policies for legal entrance into Europe of people who have specific professional skills can help reduce the undocumented migration that is hitting our country," Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said Friday in a videoconference.
She said the strategic partnerships with third countries should be developed to attract talent and those with specific professional skills compatible with the real demands of the European labor market.
Lamorgese underscored that current labor market needs in European countries require "both professional profiles of a high level and workers that are low and medium-skilled."
"As part of the new EU Pact on Asylum and Migration," she added, "Italy has long supported political dialogue between the European Union and third countries, first and foremost African ones, to draw up wide-ranging strategic partnerships of substance that go beyond the necessary collaboration to prevent undocumented migration."