The European Union (EU) on the Blue Card System: Tribute to Philippine workers
The “Blue Card” residence visa has been set by the European Union (EU) for the expatriate workers as it needs to stay relevant in a globalized post-industrial era. Manila showcases this as the windfall for Filipino laborers, who are estimated to be 10% of the 900,000 undocumented workers in the EU.However, most of them are illegal emigrants who are skilled workers and well-qualified people.
The Blue Card visa proffers the qualified immigrant workers with an authorized employment residence in the entire EU member-states. In addition, the Blue Card visa allows them to relocate from one EU member state to another devoid of further authorization.
In a press report, the EU Council announced that the duration of its effectiveness will be sandwiched between one to four years. The Blue Card visa will also be given or renewed for shorter periods in order cover the employment contract, in addition to three months. The European Union (EU) whose Council is based in Brussels implemented the decree thus instituting the Blue Card residence visa on the 25th of May this year. However, its implementation may take up to two years because the EU members will have to harmonize it with their individual statutes.
Due to the steady decline of the growth of Europe’s population over the last two decades, there has been a scarcity of highly skilled labor. For instance, in Germany it has resulted to the scarcity of highly qualified labor in such a way that German pensioners are being recalled to employment. A European Commission (EC) document forecasts that Europe may lose its workforce by half in the next 50 years if the scaled down birth rates carry on.
According to the leader of the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, Ambassador Alistair Macdonald the EU Blue Card proposal will have to be amalgamated into the national laws by the EU member-countries in a period of two years prior to its implementation.
However, Ambassador Alistair Macdonald further clarified that some EU member states such as the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Ireland, are not amongst the EU members who need to be in agreement with the Blue Card system.
In a report, the European Union Council aforementioned that the Blue Card system institutes better work environment for foreign workers to engage in highly competent jobs in the EU member countries, because it will offer them with an array of socioeconomic privileges and encouraging working environment for family reunions and facilitate travelling across EU member states.
Ambassador Macdonald went on to assert that the existence of Filipino workers in the region has further pushed the growth of economic development in the region, and Europe is grateful due to the presence of Filipino workers.
The statements clarify that being undocumented should not be a cause for the foreign workers to be stripped of their fundamental human rights. The illegal foreign workers, who relentlessly proffer solutions to worker shortages in the EU countries, particularly in times of economic predicaments, ought, not to be belittled and oppressed. These foreign workers are already not able to demand their rights, and hence they become defenseless to abuses and maltreatment. Nowadays, some member countries of the European Union have taken a softer line in their immigration laws.