Social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services

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10 December 2015
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Author(s): 
Fóti, Klára

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Freedom of movement across Member States is one of the core values of the European Union and is closely linked to European citizenship. There is, however, a heated debate in many of the host Member States about the impact of the rising inflow of mobile citizens on their public services. This reseRead more

Freedom of movement across Member States is one of the core values of the European Union and is closely linked to European citizenship. There is, however, a heated debate in many of the host Member States about the impact of the rising inflow of mobile citizens on their public services. This research project aimed to examine the extent to which mobile citizens from the central and eastern European Member States (the EU10) take up benefits and services in nine host countries. It also provides a demographic and socioeconomic profile of EU10 mobile citizens and identifies initiatives aimed at integrating them in the host countries and providing them with access to benefits and services. The main finding of the report is that overall take-up of welfare benefits and services by EU10 citizens is lower than that of the native population of the host country, especially social housing and pensions. However, their take-up of certain specific benefits, mainly employment-related benefits (unemployment and in-work benefit), is higher. 

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    Reference no.: 
    EF1546
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1400-6
    Catalogue no.: 
    TJ-01-15-559-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/145049
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    Social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services

    Author(s): 
    Fóti, Klára

    Freedom of movement across Member States is one of the core values of the European Union and is closely linked to European citizenship. There is, however, a heated debate in many of the host Member States about the impact of the rising inflow of mobile citizens on their public services.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference no.: 
    EF15461
    Catalogue info

    Social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services

    Author(s): 
    Eurofound

    Freedom of movement of citizens constitutes one of the core values of the European Union and is closely linked to European citizenship. There is, however, a heated debate in many of the destination Member States about the impact of intra-EU mobility on their public services. The debate centres on the ‘welfare magnet hypothesis’, which holds that migrants, including mobile citizens from the central and eastern European Member States, are attracted by the better quality of these services and easier access to them in the host countries. 

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