1. Background Note on the EU legal migration policy
by Lilian Tsourdi

This note analyses the development of the EU legal migration policy covering relevant policy debates. It focuses on seminal policy documents, such as the European Council strategic guidelines and Commission Communications. The analysis of the relevant legal basis as established by the Amsterdam and Lisbon Treaties, as well as that of the content of the secondary instruments adopted as part of this policy go beyond the scope of this note. This work is updated up to April 2016. 


2. Presentation on family reunification and labour market access
by Lilian Tsourdi

This slides presentation offers a good overview of family reunification and labour market access rights of different categories of migrants, such as asylum seekers, refugees, irregular migrants, students, highly-skilled workers, etc. The focus is here on EU law only and migrants from third-countries.


3. Presentation of the various residence permits
by Luc Leboeuf

The different residence statuses under Belgian law are presented in a succinct manner. This presentation gives an overall view of the different categories of foreigners established by the Law of 15 December 1980.


4. European law on economic immigration
by Jean-Baptiste Farcy

This PowerPoint presentation analyses the development of European economic immigration policy. Both institutional and material developments are presented. Focusing on European law, the Blue Card, Single Permit, Seasonal Workers, and Intra-Group Transfers Directives are discussed.


5. Correspondence table right of residence - right to work
by Jean-Baptiste Farcy

This table groups together all the residence statuses organised by the law of 15 December 1980 and indicates the corresponding right to work on the basis of the Royal Decree of 9 June 1999, as well as the residence document obtained by the foreign person and his or her registration in the national register.


6. Change of foreign student status
by Jean-Baptiste Farcy

The objective of this note is to analyse the access of foreign students to the labour market at the end of their studies. Such a transition implies, for foreign students, to change their status in order to obtain the status of foreign worker. While changing status is legally possible, foreign students face significant barriers. Firstly, the time limit within which the change of status must be requested forces foreign students to find employment already before the end of their studies. Second, because of the selectivity of the conditions for obtaining a work permit in Belgium, young graduates are at a disadvantage. With a view to correcting this inconsistency, progress has recently been made, or is currently being negotiated, at European level.