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Researchers welcome

03 December 2015

EUA welcomes the current initiative to revise the Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing.

Open world logoDuring the present negotiations between the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission, EUA has argued for a strong directive with easy access for non-EU researchers, and also to give these researchers the same rights as those who come from the EU. If the EU 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth are to be reached, Europe needs to show that it is an attractive and open destination for those who want to contribute economically and culturally. Already one in four doctoral candidates comes from outside the European Union. They are needed by universities to sustain high level research, and many of them will go on to positions in knowledge-intensive sectors. This is a resource that we cannot deter by making their entry cumbersome and limiting their rights. Europe runs the risk of facing a shortage of highly-skilled researchers if it does not present itself as an attractive destination.

Read the full EUA statement here and visit the EUA’s universities for an open world campaign page.

European University Association (EUA)

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