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Politicisation of EU Freedom of Movement. Does EU Mobility Promote Socio-Political Integration?

Wednesday, 2 December, 2015 - 12:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES)
Conference Room Rome
IES Policy Forum

EU freedom of movement, at its origins, was assumed to promote economic and political integration, economic benefits as well as social cohesion among EU member states. Accordingly, the idea was fixed in the EU Treaty and rights pertaining to it have been expanded over the past six decades. However, freedom of movement seems to be at a critical juncture in the 2010s. Politically, right-wing as well as mainstream parties in various EU member states mobilise against freedom of movement rights. Academically, it has been questioned whether EU freedom of movement disrupts rather than promotes social cohesion at the local level. Paradoxically, it has been shown that freedom of movement can work in favor or against its assumed objectives for EU integration.

This IES Policy Forum discusses how free movement in the EU has become contested. The expected ‘Mobility Package’ of the Commission is supposed to address member states' concerns about freedom of movement and adds to the topicality of the issue.

The Policy Forum brings policy makers, civil society, and academics together in order to discuss the challenges that lie ahead for freedom of movement in Europe.

Read more on the Institute for European Studies website


The policy forum starts at 12:00 and will end at approximately 14:00. Participation is free of charge and open to all, but due to space limitations registration is mandatory. If you wish to attend this event, please fill in the online registration form.