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EU Labor Markets After Post-Enlargement Migration

  • Martin Kahanec
  • Klaus F. Zimmermann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-6
  2. EU Enlargement and the Labor Markets: What Do We Know?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin Kahanec, Anzelika Zaiceva, Klaus F. Zimmermann
      Pages 3-45
    3. Timo Baas, Herbert Brücker, Andreas Hauptmann
      Pages 47-70
    4. Marcel Canoy, Anna Horvath, Agnès Hubert, Frédéric Lerais, Myriam Sochacki
      Pages 71-107
  3. The Impact of Migration on Destination Labor Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 110-110
    2. Karl Brenke, Mutlu Yuksel, Klaus F. Zimmermann
      Pages 111-129
    3. Alan Barrett
      Pages 145-161
    4. Christer Gerdes, Eskil Wadensjö
      Pages 163-179
    5. David G. Blanchflower, Helen Lawton
      Pages 181-215
  4. The Impact of Migration on Source Labor Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 218-218
    2. Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Marta Mioduszewska, Anna Żylicz
      Pages 219-253
    3. Zvezda Dermendzhieva, Randall K. Filer
      Pages 305-334
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 1-10

About this book


Are immigrants from the new EU member states a threat to the Western welfare state? Do they  take jobs away from the natives? And will the source countries suffer from severe brain drain or demographic instability? In a timely and unprecedented contribution, this book integrates what is known about post-enlargement migration and its effects on EU labor markets. Based on rigorous analysis and hard data, it makes a convincing case that there is no evidence that the post-enlargement labor migrants would on aggregate displace native workers or lower their wages, or that they would be more dependent on welfare. While brain drain may be a concern in the source countries, the anticipated brain circulation between EU member states may in fact help to solve their demographic and economic problems, and improve the allocative efficiency in the EU. The lesson is clear: free migration is a solution rather than a foe for labor market woes and cash-strapped social security systems in the EU.


EU EU Eastern Enlargement EU Enlargement European Union European Union (EU) Free Movement of Workers German Labor Market Industrial Relations Migration Post-Enlargement Migration labor market labor markets migrants mobility social security

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Kahanec
    • 1
  • Klaus F. Zimmermann
    • 2
  1. 1.Arbeit GmbH (IZA)Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft derBonnGermany
  2. 2.Arbeit GmbH (IZA)Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft derBonnGermany

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