The Green Card, Working Towards the Future
For many European countries, migration is a hot topic. The social system is too expensive to
handle a society of open migration. That is why it is increasingly difficult to enter European
countries legally. The parallel existence of an open migration society and a closed welfare
state places too great a financial burden on social security. In several European countries, the
cost argument has resulted in the tightening of policy on the admission of immigrants from
third countries and even for citizens of new member states.
It is against this backdrop that the Dutch cabinet recently decided to improve admission of
highly skilled international migrants. There is to be one office, one procedure and one permit
for highly skilled migrants. This is particularly crucial for strengthening the knowledge
economy. Without supplemental policy, a shortage of 120,000 skilled workers, including
many scientists and technicians, is expected in the medium term. D66, the social-liberal
democratic party of the Netherlands, applauds this development but would like this policy to
go a step further and would like to attempt to make the subject of migration a European issue.
It is important for a balanced immigration policy to be pursued at the European level so we
can work towards the future of Europe and improve conditions in developing countries. A
policy aimed at both labor and development. An immigration policy that, on the one hand,
targets migrants who will be needed to fill the shortage of educated and uneducated workers
due to the aging of the population. A proposal is to create a European Green Card.
An immigration policy that, on the other hand, is beneficial to the immigrants themselves and
their countries of origin. A proposal for this would be that holders of Green Cards would be
given the opportunity to build up an existence in their own country after a certain period, with
the knowledge and capital they have gained in Europe. This would be in the fo