Labour mobility within the EU: The impact of return migration

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18 September 2012
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As a relatively new mobility pattern within the EU, the post-accession return migration of workers from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries has recently begun to generate increasing interest among academics, experts and practitioners. The return migration of these workers grew in importance in the context of the global economic crisis as it was believed that economic fluctuations across Europe might induce return migration of CEE nationals from the EU15 countries. This research aimed to contribute to a better understanding of return migration to CEE countries by generating new empirical evidence through an analysis of statistical data and literature and also through interviews with returnees, policymakers and experts on migration in the following four CEE countries: Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Romania. 

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    EF1243
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    Labour mobility within the EU: The impact of return migration

    As a relatively new mobility pattern within the EU, the post-accession return migration of workers from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries has recently begun to generate increasing interest among academics, experts and practitioners. The return migration of these workers grew in importance in the context of the global economic crisis as it was believed that economic fluctuations across Europe might induce return migration of CEE nationals from the EU15 countries. This research aimed to contribute to a better understanding of return migration to CEE countries by generating new empirical evidence through an analysis of statistical data and literature and also through interviews with returnees, policymakers and experts on migration in the following four CEE countries: Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Romania.

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    Labour mobility within the EU: The impact of return migration - Executive summary

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    It was widely assumed that the economic crisis would stimulate nationals from central and eastern Europe employed in the EU15 countries to return to their home countries. This research sought to develop a better understanding of return migration and to establish to what extent emigrants did return home. The analysis is based on existing statistical data and literature, as well as interviews with returnees, policymakers and experts on migration. Four countries were selected for analysis: Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Romania. The research found that emigrants from these countries did not return home en masse; many either stayed in the host country, adopting a wait-and-see stance, or migrated onward to other destination countries. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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