Christof Roos on the 'Disruptive Effects on EU Integration? Collective Actors' Response to EU Migration'

Christof Roos, Disruptive Effects on EU Integration? Collective Actors' Response to EU Migration, University of Amsterdam, ARC-GS Social Class in the 21st Century. Intersections between class, gender and sexuality revisited, 22-23 October 2015

The Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality hosted a conference on Social Class in the 21st century. A panel within this conference focused on how the concept of class becomes visible and effective in immigration policy and politics. Christof Roos presented results from his ongoing research on the politicisation of freedom of movement in the EU. The two country comparison of party political response in the UK and Germany to EU migration shows that EU citizens’ ethnic and class ascriptions become decisive in political response. The paper observed that EU citizens’ access to the welfare state was restricted in both EU Member States. However, politicisation of EU freedom of movement continues in Britain but not in Germany. This shows that class alone does not explain political response. The broader political context and parties willingness to exploit negative effects of EU freedom of movement are important variables in explaining the politicisation of freedom of movement.