EU Mobility

The consecutive enlargements of the EU, most recently including 11 countries from Central Eastern Europe and Cyprus and Malta (2004, 2007, 2013), have extended the freedom of movement to workers from 28 EU member states and a population of more than half a billion. In spite of the documented overwhelmingly positive effects of EU mobility, the perceptions of and attitudes to EU mobility have become increasingly polarized, which may have contributed to UK’s decision to leave the EU. The GLO Cluster EU Mobility focuses on causes and impacts of EU mobility on receiving as well as sending labor markets, and migrants themselves. Some of the key focus topics include EU mobility’s impacts on employment and wages, productivity and innovation, public budgets, labor supply and employment prospects of those left behind, remittances and brain drain, and perceptions of and attitudes to EU mobility. This Cluster has the ambition to generate rigorously scrutinized evidence on these topics and by doing so enable key stakeholders and policy makers to make informed decisions about EU mobility frameworks to the benefit of EU citizens.

Cluster Lead: Martin Kahanec

Martin Kahanec is currently Mercator Senior Visiting Fellow at Bruegel, Brussels. He is a Professor and former Acting Dean (2017-2019) of the School of Public Policy at the Central European University (CEU). He is also Founder and Scientific Director of CELSI, Bratislava, a member of the GLO Advisory Board, and a former Chairperson of the Slovak Economic Association (2016-2018).

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