IALS and the EU "ON THE MOVE" project

The IALS is working on a new research project - ON THE MOVE: The reality of free movement for young European citizens migrating in times of crisis.

Have you come to the UK from another EU country? We are trying to understand the realities of intra-European mobility from the experiences of young European Union citizens.

  • Have you moved to the UK to live and work?
  • Why did you come?
  • What problems did you have?
  • How was your experience?

The project objective is to look into the reality of free movement from the viewpoint of young Europeans (age 25-35). We are especially interested in real and perceived obstacles and barriers when moving to another EU country, in practices that promote or hinder the enjoyment of this right and in barriers of EU internal mobility. As a project result we want to propose solutions (legislative and non-legislative) for making the right to free movement effective.

To understand the daily practice of free movement we are looking for interviewees:

  • UK citizens aged between 25 and 35 years, who wish to move or are preparing to move to another EU MS,
  • Citizens from the following EU MS: Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Cyprus, Estonia or Italy, who moved to Austria at the age of 25-35

The experience of movement can be related to any reason, excluding organized movement as in the case of studies or posting in the context of employment. Focus lies in the experience of individuals who have to make arrangements on their own and are not facilitated by an organized context (university, company etc.).

The interview will take about one hour. Data will be used anonymously and only for this study.

The UK partner of the ON THE MOVE project is the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Please contact Dr Constantin Stefanou, Director, Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS (constantin.stefanou@sas.ac.uk) to tell us your story. Thank you!

ON-THE-MOVE - "The reality of free movement for young European citizens migrating in times of crisis

The project will be implemented during a period of 2 years and aims to look into the reality of the right to free movement within the European Union from the viewpoint of young Europeans (aged 25-35) who exercise or plan to exercise this right. The project addresses three main target groups, namely Young citizens across Europe; Local, regional and national authorities competent on free movement and EU Institutions. The project aims to identify the real and perceived obstacles and barriers faced in exercising the right to free movement; to identify the practices that promote or hinder the enjoyment of this right; to raise awareness on the one hand among young people on their rights and on the other hand among national and EU bodies on barriers and ways to address them; and to propose solutions -legislative and non-legislative- for making the right to free movement effective.

To achieve these goals the project will undertake legal and empirical research in 15 EU member states that have experienced increased outgoing migration (GR, CY, ES, PT, PL, EE, BG, RO,) or incoming migration (DE, BE, AT, NL, UK, FR, IT) in the last 4 years and capacity building for both EU officials and young people across Europe.

Expected outcomes will include: i) Increased awareness of young European citizens on the right to free movement; ii) improved knowledge and awareness of national and EU authorities on barriers to free movement faced by young people; iii) evidence-based recommendations for eliminating barriers to free movement at national and European levels; iv) good practices collected and disseminated

Deliverables will include: i) national reports; ii) report on individual experiences of young people on the move; iii) cross country reports; iv) comparative report; v) recommendations; vi) best practice manual for national authorities; vii) manual addressing myths among young people; viii) a seminar in Brussels; ix) awareness events in all participating countries; x) website; xi) electronic newsletters.

The Partners are:

  • Centre for European Constitutional Law (GR) – LEADER
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (UK)
  • European Training& Research Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (AT)
  • Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven (BE)
  • Center for the Study of Democracy (BG)
  • Symfiliosi (CY)
  • Institute of Baltic Studies (EE)
  • Institut Français des droits et libertés (FR)
  • European Forum for Migration Studies, University of Bamberg (DE)
  • Cooperation for the Development of Emerging Countries (IT)
  • Art.1 (NL)
  • Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (PL)
  • Centro de Estudos Intervencao Social (PT)
  • Institute for Public Policy (RO)
  • Instituto Universitario de Estudios sobre Migraciones, Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ES)

Funding: European Commission, DG Justice