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Germany: Transposition of EU Directives on Immigration and Asylum

(Nov. 2, 2007) On August 19, 2007, the German Parliament enacted the Act to Transpose European Union Directives on Immigration and Asylum (BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 1970). The Act transposes 11 European Union directives into domestic law, among them the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of April 29, 2004, Concerning the Status of Third-Country Nationals Who Are Long-Term Residents (2004 OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (L16) 44) and Council Directive 2003/86/EC of 22 September 2003 on the Right to Family Reunification (2003 O.J. (L251) 12).

In addition, the Act strengthens German immigration policies that tailor immigration to the needs of the labor market, promote the integration of the immigrant population, and resolve the status of refugees. Among the newly enacted measures are the requirement of German labor certification for long-term third-country residents of other EU countries and the restriction of family unifications from certain countries to spouses who are 18 years or older and who have acquired a rudimentary knowledge of German before coming to Germany.