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Updated : 20/04/2016


Civil servants abroad

You will be considered a civil servant abroad if:

  • You are a civil servant in one EU country and seconded to work in another country (in an embassy, consulate or other official institution abroad);
  • Alternatively, you work as a civil servant in one country but for private reasons you live (have your permanent home) in another.

If instead you are working in your host country for a local public sector body without being a national of the country, you will count as a migrant worker.

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In this case, the 28 EU member states + Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland

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