ROLE OF EUROPEAN MOBILITY AND ITS IMPACTS IN NARRATIVES, DEBATES AND EU REFORMS

Work Packages

The goal of the REMINDER project is to understand both the impacts of free movement and the processes through which political narratives and public opinion about these impacts are formed.

The various work packages will use quantitative data to describe free movement patterns, socioeconomic impacts and public representations in a systematic manner and to explore correlations between variables, while using qualitative analysis to ‘see inside’ processes of individual decision-making and to provide a more nuanced assessment of causal mechanisms that take into account the weaknesses of quantitative approaches.

Close collaboration across and within work packages allows researchers to test the insights derived from qualitative and quantitative approaches and assess the robustness of their findings.

WP1 – Management, coordination, synthesis and dissemination

Provides management, coordination, synthesis and dissemination of findings, as well as the development of policy recommendations.

WP2 – Mapping

Maps the patterns and dynamics of migration within the EU, creating a comprehensive source of data on intra-EU mobility. The analysis also aims to identify monitoring challenges and effective solutions to these limitations.

WP3 – Determinants of migration

Identifies the role of policy changes in driving migration patterns, putting particular emphasis on the role of access to, and generosity of, welfare benefits, the minimum wage and transitional restrictions on labour market access.

WP4 – Fiscal impacts

Aims to estimate the fiscal effects of intra-EU migration on a country by country basis, attempting to calculate the fiscal contributions (taxes and other payments) made by European citizens, the associated costs (welfare services, pensions, social benefits, etc.) and to what extent this net balance differs between Member States.

WP5 – Labour market / public service impacts

Investigates the role of spillover effects from the labour market to the broader economy, well-being, and public services, with particular emphasis on differences in impacts between EU citizens and third country nationals.

WP6 – Countries of origin

Analysing the social and economic impacts caused by growing intra-EU mobility in sending countries with a focus on EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe.

WP7 – Politics and institutions

Analyses the impacts of national institutions and social norms on EU Member States’ national policy positions on (reforming) free movement as well as their broader policy responses to intra-EU mobility

WP8 – Mapping discourse

Enables an in-depth assessment of how intra- and non-EU mobility are discussed and framed in different countries and different points in time, contributing to an improved understanding of the interlinkages between mediated discourses, politics and public perceptions.

WP9 – Public opinion survey

Analyses public opinion about EU mobility with a particular focus on the impact of the media, by conducting survey experiments in seven EU countries to test for the influence of specific media content on attitudes and opinions.

WP10 – Drivers of opinions and norms

Examines people’s perceptions of the effects of international migration on national welfare programs using survey data from the European Social Survey incorporated with survey data collected by other REMINDER work packages.

WP11 – Media practices

Aims to find out about the dynamics of media practice in a number of EU Member States by conducting surveys of media professionals and spokespeople from government agencies & NGOs working on intra-EU migration.

WP12 – Policies and cost-sharing 

Takes stock of the framework governing intra-EU mobility and proposes ways to make it more equitable, fair and advantageous for all stakeholders involved.