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Can a refugee work in another country in Europe?
I am have refugee status 10 years in France i want to work is Austria , dose the Europe law alow is or is there any limitations ??
Feb 10, 2018
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Hi @Yaz :)
Yes, refugees are allowed to work abroad, but there are limitations as well.
You have to stay in France for a minimum of 5 years. After that you can apply for a long-term residence title in other EU member states (like Austria). But you are allowed to move/work abroad without this residence title after 5 years as well.
This is where I got this information from:
Here is the underlying EU law that the article above refers to:
All the best
Feb 19, 2018
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I tried to translate the web-link attached into English and read it. The directive mentioned is about COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 ''concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents'' related issue. on the other hand the first link is about ''11.2 Housing, moving and traveling'' as a refugee in Germany (according to google translation). In all cases it only give answer to those who stayed more than five years ( and fullfil to be called 'long-term residents'.
But what if a refugee doesnot stay such long time( if he has no 'long-term residence' ?) I am a refugee in Denmark and when I get a job in France , I was asked to bring 'work permit' for France. So can any one give suggestions on this issue (relevant laws etc?)
Jun 22, 2018
Thank you very much for the informative answer. I have a similar situation with some differences however. I would greatly appreciate your help if possible.
I have lived in Germany for 3 years and 8 months (master student then intern then jobseeker then professional engineer).
After that I left Germany and lived in the UK for 6 and a half years (3 and a half years as a PhD student then 3 years as a refugee which is my current state).
The total of my stay in the EU is just short of 10 years but as you see it is not so simple.
Am I allowed to work in Germany and do I qualify for a permanent residence permit?
Jan 23, 2019
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