Politicization of EU freedom of movement. Does EU mobility promote socio-political integration?

2 Dec 2015 12:00
2 Dec 2015 14:00








EU freedom of movement, at its origins, was assumed to promote economic and political integration, economic benefits as well as social cohesion among EU member states. Accordingly, the idea was fixed in the EU Treaty and rights pertaining to it had been expanded over the last six decades. However, freedom of movement seems to be at a critical juncture in the 2010s. Politically, right wing as well as mainstream parties in EU member states mobilize against freedom of movement rights. Academically, it has been questioned whether EU freedom of movement disrupts rather than promotes social cohesion at the local level in member states. Paradoxically, it has been shown that freedom of movement can work in favor or against its assumed objectives for EU integration.

This Policy Forum discusses how free movement in the EU has become contested. The expected ‘Mobility Package’ of the Commission is supposed to address Member States concerns with freedom of movement and adds to the topicality of the issue.  The Policy Forum brings policy makers, civil society, and academics together in order to discuss the challenges that lie ahead for freedom of movement in Europe.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Helga de Valk, Professor of Sociology, University of Groningen and Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Claire Damilano, Legal Advisor ECAS, European Citizen Action Service
  • László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Barroso II Commission


  • Christof Roos, Research Professor, Migration Diversity and Justice, IES, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Christof Roos (Academic Coordinator)
Senior Research Fellow
Institute for European Studies
+32 2 614 80 01

Anamaria Bacsin (Logistics)
Communications & Internal Events
Institute for European Studies
+32 2 614 80 40


Presentation IES_final_Helga_de_Valk.pdf7.61 MB
MobilityRights_Claire Damilano.pdf1.88 MB