Debates and

This section is aimed to contain in the future discussions and debates on the importance of free movement for work, on the problems mobile workers in the European Union and elsewhere face. Currently, it stores audio and visual documentation on different aspects on free movement for work.

May, 2014:     “As a clear counterpoint to the prevailing pessimism about Europe and rising sentiments against free labor mobility within Europe, a group of leading European labor economists from 10 different EU countries have published a manifesto, which calls on EU policymakers to implement a future-oriented agenda for a genuine European labor market”, Klaus F. Zimmermann (Director of the Institute for Study of Labour, IZA)

The Manifesto (full):

The Manifesto (brief):

“The calls for restricting this freedom are especially poisonous in the context of the ongoing political debate, aimed as they are to influence the results of the 2014 elections for the European Parliament.

A genuine European labor market – one without borders – is also a prerequisite for a functioning single market economy and the stability of the Euro. Without it, growth prospects are hampered – as is any hope for a Europe which manages to balance the laws of supply and demand.
Actively embracing the unrestricted movement of labor has therefore many benefits. Beyond installing a new economic dynamism in the European Union, and helping to overcome serious economic imbalances among EU Member States, it also dampens adverse demographic developments.

To fulfill our commitment, we must strive to take a number of specific measures:
• First, we need to adjust our tax and social security laws where needed — and better coordinate occupational and private pension systems.
• Second, we need to introduce an effective Europe-wide job placement system, so that workers can find opportunities in sometimes far-away places.
• Third, such a system also requires that we have transparent and effective rules to determine the benefits which job seekers are entitled to while looking for work in another EU country.
• Fourth, we must enhance Europe-wide mobility by designing affordable language and relocation services. One critical way to encourage workers to take a chance outside their home country is to enhance exchange programs for trainees and workers, and further boost the successful models of international student exchange.
• Fifth, we must agree on standards that allow the EU-wide recognition of professional qualifications and degrees, so that those which such recognized degrees can seek work wherever they choose to.
• Sixth, we must open our minds to a European Union where even public-sector jobs in any Member State may be filled by qualified candidates from another EU State.
• And seventh, we must do a better and more convincing job about informing EU citizens of the advantages of working abroad and receiving labor migrants at home”


The most active cross-border area in Europe, Switzerland votes (50.3%) in favour of immigration quota, despite EU-Switzerland bi-lateral agreement:


The Utopia & free movement people, debate offered by the IUAES World Anthropology Congress, University of Manchester:  


2013 has been declared the Year of Citizen, various media channels have been addressing this question. Here is an introduction and welcoming of Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding 

The Year of Citizen is discussed by a German channel, seems a very interesting talk (unfortunately, available mostly in German): 

The topical discussion on the Romanian and Bulgarian labour law restrictions removal (by EuroNews):  

Proposition on restricting workers to move to another country unless they have a firm offer of a job, on behalf of the  British Labour Party member, Chuka Umunna:  


Discussions about the living costs in Germany and Poland, opportunities and disadvantages: 


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