If you sit down at the terrace of a “café branché” in Paris, you will hear people talk a lot about their “carte bleue”, their “blue card”. This magic word is simply the name French people gave to their Visa Card according to the colour it bears there…
But Europe is trying to give a little bit more of magic to the expression Blue Card. The European Blue Card was adopted by the European Council on the 25th May 2009. It aims to attract and retain high skilled workers from outside the European Union.
But there is still a long road to go before the first immigrants get this card since the Member States have two years to implement this legislation into their national law, till 19th of June 2011.
Let’s have a look on this Blue Card and the changes it will bring to the European labour markets.