The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Labour Mobility in the European Union

  • Jonathan Portes
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This article describes trends in labour mobility within the European Union since the Treaty of Rome and the resulting economic impacts, particularly since the accession of ten new Member States in 2004. It concludes that, half a century after ‘free movement’ was first incorporated into the founding treaties of the European Union, it is finally beginning to become an important factor in European economic integration.


European Union Labour mobility Migration 

JEL Classifications

F15 F16 F22 J61 
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