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EU Expansion and the Free Movement of Workers: Do Continued Restrictions Make Sense for Germany?

On 1 May 2004, eight Central and Eastern European states joined the European Union (EU). In response to fears that a 'flood' of cheap labour from the new member states would lead to higher unemployment and falling wages in other parts of the EU, 'transitional arrangements' were introduced to allow member states to restrict the free movement of workers from the new member states for a period of up to seven years. Now that two years have passed since the restrictions were put in place, this policy brief looks at the number and characteristics of the labour migrants from the new member states who have taken up employment in the countries that chose to open their labour markets, with particular emphasis on the United Kingdom. It also considers the impact these migrants have had on the domestic economy and whether or not continued restrictions make sense for Germany. (Published 7/2006)

   
Polnische Arbeitsuchende stehen im August 2006 auf einer Jobmesse in Warschau an, um sich für Stellen in Irland zu bewerben.

Michael Heinen, Anna Pegels

Introduction

On 1 May 2004, eight Central and Eastern European states with a combined total population of approximately 75 million people joined the European Union. Membership in the EU guarantees the citizens of these countries certain freedoms. Weiter...

Rumänische und polnische Erntehelfer ernten am 21.06.2013 auf einem Gurkenflieger des Spreewaldbauern Riecken nahe Vetschau (Brandenburg) ernten Einlegegurken.

Michael Heinen, Anna Pegels

The Transitional Arrangements: An Overview

For workers from a European Union member state, the freedom to look for and take up employment in another member state has existed since the founding of the European Community (EC) in 1957. Weiter...

Ein Männchen mit Aktenkoffer steht am 26.04.2013 in Berlin auf einem EU-Logo.

Michael Heinen, Anna Pegels

Free Movement of Workers and Economic Theory

Using very basic economic models, it is possible to argue – as some economists did prior to the EU enlargement – that the creation of a common market for labour, i.e. the elimination of barriers to the movement of workers. Weiter...

Ein Beamter der Sonderstelle "Finanzkontrolle Schwarzarbeit" des Hauptzollamtes Frankfurt (Oder) bewacht am 31.03.2004 auf einer Großbaustelle nahe Cottbus die Überprüfung eines Bauarbeiters auf Schwarzarbeit.

Michael Heinen, Anna Pegels

Public Fears – A Question of Scale

In some EU15 countries, the high number of predicted immigrants raised fears among politicians and the general public that already high unemployment rates would rise further once 'cheap' labour flooded the market. Weiter...

Polnisches Geschäft im englischen Derby.

Michael Heinen, Anna Pegels

The Results Two Years after Enlargement: Preliminary Results

According to a report issued by the European Commission in February 2006 on the first phase of the transitional arrangements, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden found that the movement of workers from the EU8 had had a positive effect. Weiter...

Passanten und Kraftfahrer überqueren am 24.01.2012 die deutsch-polnische Grenze am Stadtpark in Görlitz.

Michael Heinen, Anna Pegels

Do Continued Restrictions Make Sense for Germany?

Despite the positive economic developments in the EU15 countries that chose to allow the free movement of workers, Germany has already announced its intention to keep restrictions in place. Weiter...

EU Expansion and Free Movement

Conclusion

A look at the countries that chose to allow the free movement of workers from the EU8 immediately following accession shows that fears of large, unmanageable streams of low- or unqualified workers causing unemployment and wage decreases. Weiter...

EU Expansion and Free Movement

References

Here you can find a list of references for the Policy Brief "EU Expansion and the Free Movement of Workers: Do Continued Restrictions Make Sense for Germany?" by Michael Heinen and Anna Pegels. Weiter...

 

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