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Reforming 'free movement': Does the UK have a point?

There are at least three institutional factors – the nature of the labour market, the type of welfare state, and social norms on the meaning and boundaries of “citizenship” – that differ across EU countries and can help explain why the UK has taken the lead in demanding reform of free movement.

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EU migration and welfare benefits: Is unrestricted labour immigration compatible with an inclusive welfare state?

Continuing to insist on both unrestricted migration and equal access to national welfare states for EU workers has the potential to undermine the political sustainability of ‘free movement’ because it does not take adequate account of important differences in the labour markets and welfare states across EU member states.

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