‘REMINDER’: new research on migration and mobility in the European Union

Martin Ruhs is part of an international research consortium that has been awarded a major research grant from the European Commission’s 'Horizon2020' Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

'The Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms' (REMINDER) is a 3-year project which will investigate the economic, social, institutional and policy factors that have shaped the impacts of free movement and public debates about it. It aims to 'help European policymakers develop policy responses that inspire public trust, ensure the fairness and sustainability of free movement, and maintain inclusive policies that reduce inequalities across the continent.'

The focus of the research is highly topical and timely. Immigration, and especially ‘free movement’ within the EU, played a major role in the British public’s vote to leave the European Union. 

Whether and how the rules for free movement within the new European Union (without Britain) need to be reformed, and how Britain can control EU immigration while at the same time maximising access to the single market are major questions that will loom large in political debates in the UK and the EU over the next few years. REMINDER will contribute to theory and inform these policy debates. 

Led by researchers at Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), REMINDER involves twelve research teams throughout Europe. 

Martin’s contribution focuses on two ‘work packages’ that analyse the fiscal effects of immigration in different EU countries as well as the tensions between cross-country differences between national institutions (such as national welfare states and labour markets) and common EU policies on migration and mobility. 

REMINDER will enable Martin to further develop his previous research on the relationships between “national institutions, citizenship norms and the politics of free movement” (http://www.priceofrights.com/perch/resources/free-movement-martin-ruhs-13-april-2016.pdf )  

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Published 17 October 2016