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June 19, 2018

Social Security Coordination: Towards A Safety Net for All EU Citizens?

By Alexandra Embiricos Free movement is one of the greatest achievements and a core pillar of the European Union. But it is also one of the most complex policy areas. Coordination between 28 separate social security systems—including pensions and healthcare—is the ‘oil in the machinery’ that allows people to move between EU countries.[1] It should […]

May 22, 2018

Coming together or drifting apart? Citizen attitudes in the EU’s area of free movement

What kind of societal attitudes can be expected to influence a government´s readiness to support – or oppose – the free movement of workers within the EU? This blog outlines a new report, which maps societal attitudes and their longitudinal change patterns in Europe as well as looks into citizens’ views on the welfare state and labor market, European integration, immigration and the issue of free movement itself.

National institutions vs EU policies? Why and how differences in welfare states and other national institutions can contribute to political conflicts about the rules for the free movement of workers in the European Union

Focusing on the recent debates about the need to reform “free movement” of EU workers, we need to understand why and how differences in national institutions, especially in national welfare policies, can contribute to divergent national policy responses to free movement. Providing a theoretical analysis of these issues provides the basis for future empirical work.

May 9, 2018

Behind the scenes of migration media reporting

The research explores media practices in 9 EU Member States.

April 19, 2018

Mobility in the European Union: What don’t we know?

Our understanding of intra-EU migration is still far from complete. Even basic stock and flow statistics on internal European movements suffer from considerable shortcomings: existing data does not reveal who is moving, why, and why to that specific country. In this post, we highlight three of the key challenges we experienced in gathering data on intra-EU mobility.

March 21, 2017

Are EU immigrants a fiscal plus or a minus for their host countries?

The first large, comparative set of estimates of the fiscal effects of the migration of EU citizens within the European Economic Area (EEA) shows that net fiscal effects are generally positive, but fairly modest.

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