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Social Benefits and Migration

A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU

Elspeth Guild (editor) Sergio Carrera (editor)
Katherina Eisele (editor)

ISBN: 9789461383495

Publication Date: Apr 2014

Format: Paperback

Examines the main policy controversies that have emerged in the European Union over migration and its impact on the welfare system. Does migration constitute a disproportionate burden to member states' domestic labour markets and welfare systems? Should non-citizens be entitled to social benefits? Is there statistical data indicating abuse of social benefits by non-citizens? The contributors to this volume analyse these controversies as they affect different categories of non-citizens in the framework of EU law and policy.
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This book examines the main policy controversies that have emerged in the European Union over migration and its impact on the welfare system. Does migration constitute a disproportionate burden to member states' domestic labor markets and welfare systems? Should noncitizens be entitled to social benefits in the state where they live? Is there objective evidence and statistical data indicating abuse of social benefits by noncitizens, "social welfare tourism," or the "welfare magnet" hypothesis, in which migrants are attracted to countries that provide more generous welfare?

The contributors analyze these controversies as they affect different categories of noncitizens in the framework of EU law and policy. They also examine the uses or misuses of data, information, and social science knowledge in the debates over the reliance by noncitizens on social benefits. The book concludes with a set of recommendations addressed to EU policymakers.
Language English
Pages 168
Dimensions 241 x 171
Date Published 30 Apr 2014
Publisher Centre for European Policy Studies
Subject/s International economics   Social services & welfare, criminology   Migration, immigration & emigration   Welfare economics  
Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam of European Migration Law at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Queen Mary, University of London. She is also an associate senior research fellow at CEPS and a partner at the London law firm Kingsley Napley.

Sergio Carrera is a senior research fellow and head of the Justice and Home Affairs programme at CEPS.

Katharina Eisele is a researcher in the Justice and Home Affairs programme at CEPS.

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