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MOT study on the cross-border occupational mobility of refugees and European residents

December 2020

MOT study on the cross-border occupational mobility of refugees and European residents

This study was undertaken within the framework of the legal component of the “AB Réfugiés” project, which is led by the province of West Flanders and funded by the Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen programme. In the light of the disparities in unemployment on either side of the Franco-Belgian border and the difficulties that can be involved in obtaining a residence or work permit, the study provides an analysis of the legal frameworks pertaining to these statuses and obstacles to mobility.

Its objective is to study possibilities for legal modifications.

While there are a number of exceptions permitting cross-border occupational mobility for foreigners residing in the EU, such as for highly-skilled professions, posted workers, seasonal workers and temporary jobs, this mobility is currently greatly impeded by the absence of mutual recognition between countries of the status of refugees and foreigners granted protection. However, the European directives leave open some possibilities in this regard, notably concerning the creation of a special regime for cross-border workers. A subject for the forthcoming 3D bill?

More info – Documents relating to the study reserved for members [FR].

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