EMN and OECD inform on maintaining labor migration in essential sectors in times of the pandemic

European Migration Network (EMN) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) disseminated a joined inform on maintaining labor migration in essential sectors in times of the pandemic.

The document is third in an inform series which will be dedicated to discussing the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the field of migration and asylum.

The results of the review reveal that due to the spread of the virus and countries tightening the procedures of cross-border people movement, legal arrival of new workers from the third (non European Union) countries became severely restricted. In response to these trends, most of the EU and OECD countries listed “key” occupational sectors and created exceptions that would allow the workers from abroad to arrive and enter the labour marker on the grounds of simplified procedures.

Among its economical sectors, Lithuania prioritized the movement of goods and by doing that created exceptions for the third-country nationals working in this and related fields. Contrary to many EU and OECD countries, Lithuania together with Latvia, Spain, France and Hungary was among five countries which officially confirmed new policies or procedures designed to facilitate the arrival of third-country nationals working in such “key” occupational sectors. New procedures for issuing temporary residence permits in Lithuania during the period of quarantine allowed to issue or renew the permits on the basis of exception when they were applied for by the foreigners who work in Lithuanian companies which ensure international transportation of goods.

Previous joined EMN and EBPO informs can be found here:

  • Inform No 1 on residence permits and migrant employment during the pandemic
  • Inform No 2 on the influence the COVID-19 virus outbreak had on international students in EMN and OECD countries