Understanding freedom of movement in the EU

Free movement of persons is a fundamental principle of the European Union, but intra-EU transit comes with economic, social and political challenges. The EU-funded REMINDER project is investigating public opinion and the impact of free movement - helping to inform EU policy.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia

Countries
Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


 

Published: 21 February 2019  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Human resources & mobilityCareers & mobility
Research policyHorizon 2020
SMEs
Science in societyPublic opinion
Social sciences and humanities
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Austria  |  Belgium  |  Germany  |  Hungary  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Spain  |  Sweden  |  United Kingdom
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Understanding freedom of movement in the EU

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The EU supports the free movement of persons among its Member States through policy frameworks and mutual recognition of qualifications, among other initiatives. But difficult political environments caused by rising support for Eurosceptic parties and public concern about the delivery of public services all question the free movement policy.

The aim of the EU-funded REMINDER project is to understand the economic, social, institutional and policy factors that shape freedom of movement and the public debate around it. It is being carried out by a consortium of researchers who are focusing on three main areas.

The first is the nature and impact of intra-EU mobility. The project is assessing the drivers of intra-EU mobility and how it affects the economy and labour markets in specific countries. It is examining how Member States’ institutional and policy environments affect the movement of people and investigating the impact of this movement on public services and welfare systems.

The second research area concerns the political and media narratives around free movement. REMINDER is looking at what factors drive people’s views of this, including political communication and traditional and social media. The third area is assessing the relationship between the real and perceived impacts of these messages. The project will examine the differences in communication around intra-EU mobility across different Member States.

The researchers are combining their expertise in a variety of fields, including development, economics, linguistics, media studies, political science and public policy. They will implement a multi-disciplinary research strategy and use a variety of research methods based on machine learning, panels, surveys and theoretical and empirical analysis.

The project comprises 12 work packages which include the management and coordination of findings, mapping the patterns and dynamics of migration, identifying the determinants of migration, fiscal impacts, the labour market, countries of origin, politics and institutions, public opinion surveys, drivers of opinion, cost sharing and media practices and policies.

REMINDER will then assess policy options to address both the real and perceived pressures on free movement, in order to develop concrete options for reforms. Findings will be communicated to policymakers, media practitioners and influential stakeholders across Europe.

Project details

  • Project acronym: REMINDER
  • Participants: United Kingdom (Coordinator), Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy
  • Project N°: 727072
  • Total costs: € 4 910 537
  • EU contribution: € 4 910 537
  • Duration: January 2017 to December 2019

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