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Online: Schuman Centre Seminar Series: The Tension between Free Movement and (some) European Welfare States (via ZOOM)

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  • Wed 01 Apr 2020 16.30 - 17.30
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The right to free movement is one of the fundamental pillars of the European Union (EU), yet the conditions under which it occurs have been subject to considerable political debates between EU Member States in recent years. Under the current rules for free movement, EU citizens enjoy the unrestricted right to move and take up employment in any other EU country and – as long as they are ‘workers’– are given full and equal access to the host country’s national welfare system. A number of EU Member States have in recent years proposed restrictions on EU workers’ access to welfare benefits, based on the argument that specific aspects of their national welfare systems create certain costs and effects that do not arise in EU countries with other types of welfare states. Other countries have been opposed to changes of the EU rules, insisting that the current policy of unrestricted access to labour markets and full and equal access to welfare states for EU workers must continue. In this talk, I will discuss whether and how cross-country differences in national welfare and labour market institutions generate tensions with free movement, and how this contributes to divergent national policy positions on the need for policy reform.

Martin Ruhs is Chair in Migration Studies and Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He is on leave from the University of Oxford.

If interested in participating, please register and you will be sent the paper and the ZOOM invitation.

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The right to free movement is one of the fundamental pillars of the European Union (EU), yet the conditions under which it occurs have been subject to considerable political debates between EU Member States in recent years. Under the current rules for free movement, EU citizens enjoy the unrestricted right to move and take up employment in any other EU country and – as long as they are ‘workers’– are given full and equal access to the host country’s national welfare system. A number of EU Member States have in recent years proposed restrictions on EU workers’ access to welfare benefits, based on the argument that specific aspects of their national welfare systems create certain costs and effects that do not arise in EU countries with other types of welfare states. Other countries have been opposed to changes of the EU rules, insisting that the current policy of unrestricted access to labour markets and full and equal access to welfare states for EU workers must continue. In this talk, I will discuss whether and how cross-country differences in national welfare and labour market institutions generate tensions with free movement, and how this contributes to divergent national policy positions on the need for policy reform.

Martin Ruhs is Chair in Migration Studies and Deputy Director of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He is on leave from the University of Oxford.

If interested in participating, please register and you will be sent the paper and the ZOOM invitation.


Location:
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Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Seminar series

Contact:
Sarah Beck - Send a mail

Speaker:
Martin Ruhs (EUI - RSCAS Migration Policy Centre)

Discussant:
Prof. Liesbet Hooghe

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