A Reflection on the Nature of Free Movement in An Enlarged EU: Does It Still Follow the Original Logic?

BRIDGE Network - Working Paper 8, 2020

16 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2020

Date Written: November 24, 2020

Abstract

The paper discusses the wider framework of free movement of people in EU law, bridging various research fields. In doing so the initial part of the paper indicates the major differences between free movement of people before and after the Eastern Enlargement both in numbers and characteristics. This part is followed by the analysis of the effects produced in sending and in destination countries. Subsequently the focus moves on the possible reasons motivating migration and on how these decisions are facilitated by the current regulatory framework of free movement. It will be shortly recalled that free movement has been object of a constitutional evolution towards a fundamental right including all Union citizens, not only labour force. In this context free movement effectively accommodated a diversified set of reasons and motivations to exercise this right. The conclusions suggest that until cohesion remains limited, the persisting gaps in working and living standards among the Members States will continue to distort free movement.

Keywords: EU citizenship, free movement, Central and Eastern European Countries, (economic and social) cohesion, labour law

Suggested Citation

Farkas, Orsolya, A Reflection on the Nature of Free Movement in An Enlarged EU: Does It Still Follow the Original Logic? (November 24, 2020). BRIDGE Network - Working Paper 8, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3736589 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3736589

Orsolya Farkas (Contact Author)

Free University of Bolzano ( email )

Italy

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