Promoting migrant integration – Strengthening EU law on long-term residence

Integration and social inclusion are important aspects of EU migration and asylum policy. The fundamental rights of long-term residents in the EU are explored through this report, focussing on the Long-Term Residence Directive. EU long-term resident status includes rights to move and reside in other EU Member States. This report examines the reasons behind the low uptake of EU long-term resident permits, despite them typically giving more rights than national long-term resident permits.

These findings can inform discussions of the revision of the EU legal framework regulating long-term residence and the framework’s implementation. It identifies priorities for action that will further the social inclusion and integration of long-term residents in the EU and could improve the application of the Long-Term Residence Directive across EU Member States.