Across Fading Borders: The Challenges of East-West Migration in the EU
The addition to the European Union of 10 new member states in 2004, and then Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, confronted the "old" member states with the question of whether they should open up their labor markets to citizens from the new member states. Meanwhile, citizens from the new member states contemplated whether to take the opportunity and establish a new life abroad.
In 2004, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Sweden were the only countries to fully open their borders; last year, more countries followed suit. During this period, a debate erupted over the impact of East-West migration, and the fate of the immigrants themselves.
The British Office for National Statistics dubbed the influx "the largest single wave of foreign in-movement ever experienced by the UK," and media and research reports have portrayed hardworking employees and grateful employers. However, reports have also called attention to exploited migrants, overwhelmed schools and institutions, and a Far Right eager to capitalize on resentment against the newcomers.
The economies of the countries of origin benefit from the money sent home by those who left, and indirectly from the new skills of returning migrants. But these countries also suffer from the outflow of qualified professionals. In the meantime, some of the new member states are now grappling themselves with their new status as "immigration countries."
The EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program (EUMAP) invited authors to analyze the impact and background of intra-EU mobility and migration, both in the countries of destination and the countries of origin. EUMAP is pleased to present a first set of four papers by independent contributors. A second set of papers will appear in May.
Part 1 consists of a series of four articles, available for download.
All New Migration Debates Commence in Rome: New Developments in the Securitization of Migration in the EU (142.59 Kb pdf file)
Download the article by Irina Angelescu.
'At Least They Are the Right Colour': East to West Migration in Europe, Seen from the Perspective of the British Press (67.63 Kb pdf file)
Download the article by Pavla Cekalova.
Germany Restricted the Freedom of Movement for Polish Citizens-but Does It Matter? (112.28 Kb pdf file)
Download the article by Simon Fellmer.
From Learners to Teachers: Human Capital Accumulation among the Romanian Migrant Workers in the UK (227.24 Kb pdf file)
Download the article by Sînziana-Elena Poianâ
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