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European Journal

Luxembourg: Opportunities for illegal immigrants

Luxembourg wants to stop the employment of illegal immigrants. But before doing so, the country intends to issue more residence permits.

A one-off legalization campaign for non-EU citizens currently living and working illegally in the grand duchy runs out at the end of February. The hurdles for getting a residence permit are high. Only people who can prove they have been working in Luxembourg for at least nine months and have an open-end work contract can get the new permit. Employers of foreign nationals living illegally in the country will in future risk prison sentences of up to a year.