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February 28, 2020

REMINDER: Three Years of Exploring Migration in Europe

REMINDER came to an end in December 2019. In this blog, Carlos Vargas-Silva reflects on what was achieved by the project.

October 24, 2019

Intra-EU migration: Are there higher concentrations of migrants in larger countries?

By Zachary Strain and Katrin Marchand This is the third in a series of blogs exploring major trends in intra-EU migration patterns. Read the previous blogs here and here. More information about the research is available here.   One of the questions that arose during our analysis of the available data on intra-EU migration was, ‘What is […]

October 16, 2019

The Challenge in Mapping Multilingual Media Coverage on Migration and Freedom of Movement in Europe

Fabienne Lind and Jakob-Moritz Eberl reflect on their work analysing 1.5 million news articles across seven languages.

June 10, 2019

Reasons for Migration and the Labour Market Implications of Brexit

Zovanga Kone and Carlos Vargas-Silva take a fresh look at the labour market implications of Brexit, by drawing attention to the diversity of reasons why EU nationals migrate to the UK.

May 7, 2019

Largest Bilateral Migration Corridors Within the EU28

The second in a series of blogs by Zachary Strain and Katrin Marchand exploring key trends in European migration.

April 30, 2019

Why are people moving within Europe? The complexity of migrant decision-making in the European Union

Why do people decide to migrate from one EU country to another? Answers to this question have often focused upon work, but, as Katrin Marchand explains, the situation is often more complex.

April 16, 2019

The prominence of return migration among intra-EU migration flows

Return migration receives relatively little attention in discussions of intra-EU mobility. Yet, as our researchers find, around half of all major migration ‘corridors’ within the EU are made up of people returning to their country of citizenship, rather than moving to a new country. For people returning to their country of birth, the numbers are slightly lower, but still significant. In this blog post, Katrina Marchand and Zachary Strain discuss these dynamics, and explore what difference it makes whether researchers focus on country of birth or country of citizenship when analysing return migration.

March 28, 2019

Turning the camera around: who watches the watchers?

Rob McNeil discusses how REMINDER’s research into media practices turns the camera upon news reporting on migration in Europe, revealing how and why different narratives and themes about migration have taken hold in different countries, and what led the people creating these stories to operate in such different ways.

March 13, 2019

Patterns of migration in the European Union

This blog introduces the work undertaken by REMINDER’s second work package, to map the patterns and dynamics of migration within the EU using a range of existing data.

February 26, 2019

Do the fiscal effects of EU migrants vary across European countries with different welfare states and labour market institutions?

In this blog, researchers from work package 4 discuss their research whether or not the fiscal impact of intra-EU migration differs across different kinds of welfare state regimes across the EU.

February 19, 2019

What happens when you restrict access to the public health care system for immigrants?

There has been increasing debate about whether, and to what extent, undocumented immigrant and mobile EU workers should be able to access welfare benefits and public services. Recent research from REMINDER’s Work Package 5 explores a reform introduced in Spain in 2012 that restricted access to health services for the undocumented immigrant population, focusing impacts upon health care utilisation, satisfaction, and self-reported health status.

January 29, 2019

What does intra-EU care work mobility look like from the perspective of two sending countries?

Europe’s population is ageing, leading to greater demands for care for the elderly. In Western European countries, these demands are often met by care work migrants from the newer EU member states. This blog introduces REMINDER’s research into the perceived impacts of care work mobility on two sending countries: Romania and Slovakia.

January 4, 2019

The Effects of Immigration on Welfare Across the EU: Do Subjective Evaluations Align with Estimations?

This blog introduces our research on citizens’ perceptions of the impact of immigration on public finances.

December 10, 2018

Patrons and Clients: The Media Systems of Hungary and Poland

Media systems vary across the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. New REMINDER research studying how the media covers migration in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia confirms that, in the former two countries, media discourses are shaped by political influences, where incumbent governments’ favouritism distorts media markets heavily, and pro-government journalism is now on the rise.

November 28, 2018

The Speed of Fright: Sharing EU Migration Research in a Flash

Read Rob McNeil’s account of ‘Speed Geeking the Many Aspects of Migration’, a fun and fast-paced event presented by REMINDER as part of the 2018 ESRC Festival of Social Science.

September 13, 2018

“I could have never imagined that this border would ever vanish” – new dynamics in European mobilities

This blogs looks at cross-border ‘mobilities’ in the Austrian-Hungarian and Austrian-Slovak border regions and asks how cross-border mobility has developed after the demise of the “Iron Curtain”, the accession of the “new” EU Member States, and the abolition of border controls.

August 9, 2018

Germany’s journalists – smoothing over political discourse?

By Eric Karstens Mobility and migration are key policy issues of the European Union and, accordingly, of the news media. To better understand the dynamics behind migration reporting, we conducted a survey of journalists in nine European media landscapes in autumn 2017. In this post, we put the spotlight on Germany and discuss some of […]

August 6, 2018

Public Attitudes Toward EU Mobility and Non-EU Immigration: A Distinction with Little Difference

The authors of this blog explore in this blog whether Europeans prefer EU nationals to other prospective immigrants.

July 16, 2018

Immigration and the reallocation of work health risks

This blog looks at whether immigrants are more likely to do risky or physically harmful work than native workers, and whether natives benefit from migrants being in more hazardous roles.

July 11, 2018

Europeans’ Attitudes To Immigration From Within And Outside Europe: A Role For Perceived Welfare Impacts?

This blog explores to what extent European citizens distinguish between immigration from within and outside Europe, and whether specific concerns related to the effects of immigration on welfare and public finances play a role in these differences.

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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