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A continent moving west? EU enlargement and labour migration from Central and Eastern Europe


Black, Richard; Engbersen, Godfried; Okólski, Marek; Panţîru, Cristina (ed.)

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Abstract "A continent moving west?" explores the expansion of migration from countries in Eastern Europe following their accession to the European Union. Fifteen expertly authored chapters address head-on what the consequences of large-scale migration have been since 2007. The analysis is conducted for both origin countries, notably Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, and destination countries, including the UK, the Netherlands and Norway. Particular attention is given to labour market impacts, while also discussing migration policies emerging throughout the continent. Overall, this book testifies to how many of the migration patterns so far generated are temporary, circular or seasonal, thus warranting the label 'incomplete' or 'liquid'. Yet, the fluid nature of such movements is expected to continue, making forecasts for future migration - and its repercussions - highly unreliable. One thing is clear. Conventional notions of migration as a one-way, permanent or long-term process are increasingly becoming wide of the mark.
Keywords EU; eastwards expansion; Eastern Europe; Central Europe; immigration; migration; labor migration; labor market; working conditions; migration policy
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; European Politics; Labor Market Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 335 p.
Series IMISCoe Research
ISBN 978-90-4851-097-9
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works