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Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER)

This project explores the economic, social, institutional and policy factors that have shaped the impacts of free movement in the EU and public debates about it. The project has three goals. First, to generate a deeper understanding of the nature and impacts of intra-EU mobility, focusing in particular on how countries’ institutional and policy environments shape the impacts of free movement on individuals, households, labour markets, public services and public finances. Second, to assess how political and media narratives about intra-EU mobility are formed, focusing on the role of traditional and social media, political discourse, and influential participants in public debates. Third, to evaluate the relationship between real and perceived impacts, examining the factors that drive realities and misperceptions about free movement and why these debates have unfolded in different ways across the EU. Research methods range from content analysis based on machine-learning techniques to multi-wave panel and survey experiments to theoretical and empirical analysis of the role of institutions and norms in shaping free movement and public debates about it.

Project Duration: 2017 - 2019
Funding: European Commission, H2020
Project Coordinator: COMPAS, University of Oxford
Project Partners: Budapest Business School, European Journalism Centre, Uppsala University, Pompeu Fabra University, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, University of Vienna, Maastricht University, TNS Opinion, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, King Juan Carlos University, University of Gothenburg, Migration Policy Institute Europe
Contact: Albert Kraler


Mădălina Rogoz, Bernhard Perchinig (2019), Intra-EU Mobilities: Perceived Impacts, Report

Martina SekulovŠ, Mădălina Rogoz (2019), The Perceived Impacts of Care Mobility on Sending Countries and Institutional Responses: Healthcare, Long-term Care and Education in Romania and Slovakia, Working Paper

Martina SekulovŠ, Mădălina Rogoz (2018), Impacts and Particularities of Care Migration Directed towards Long-term Care: Zooming in on Slovakia and Romania, Literature Review

Bernhard Perchinig, Veronika Horvath, Daniel Molnar, Lenka Tavodova (2018), Cross-Border ‘mobilities’ in the Austrian-Hungarian and Austrian-Slovak Border Regions, Working Paper


For more information, please visit the project website

Research Staff involved:

Albert Kraler
Bernhard Perchinig
Madalina Rogoz
Martina SekulovŠ
Aleksandra Wůjcicka