EU Talent Partnerships - Fit for purpose?

On 11 June, the Commission presented its proposal for so-called “Talent Partnerships” as a framework for member states to engage strategically with selected third countries on legal migration. Based on several pilot projects, the Talent Partnerships should allow member states to address their skills needs whilst improving cooperation in areas such as readmission or migration management. This Policy Brief takes a closer look behind the illusive terminology and asks: what exactly are Talent Partnerships? After discussing their major challenges and opportunities, the Policy Brief outlines three principles that should guide the Partnerships’ implementation: clear and realistic objectives, a focus on countries beyond the EU’s immediate neighbourhood, and avoiding negative conditionality.

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