Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER)

January 2017 - December 2019
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This project explores the economic, social, institutional and policy factors that have shaped the impacts of free movement in the EU and public debates about it. The project has three goals.

  1. To generate a deeper understanding of the nature and impacts of intra-EU mobility, focusing in particular on how countries’ institutional and policy environments shape the impacts of free movement on individuals, households, labour markets, public services and public finances.
  2. To assess how political and media narratives about intra-EU mobility are formed, focusing on the role of traditional and social media, political discourse, and influential participants in public debates.
  3. To evaluate the relationship between real and perceived impacts, examining the factors that drive realities and perceptions about free movement and why these debates have unfolded in different ways across the EU.

Research methods range from content analysis based on machine-learning techniques to multi-wave panel and survey experiments to theoretical and empirical analysis of the role of institutions and norms in shaping free movement and public debates about it.

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Principal Investigator

Carlos Vargas-Silva


Will Allen
Esther Arenas-Arroyo
Scott Blinder

Osea Giuntella
Yvonni Markaki
Robert McNeil
Catia Nicodemo
Cinzia Rienzo
Martin Ruhs
Madeleine Sumption

Project manager

Chiara van Praag
Xanthe Ashburner (Maternity Cover)


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 727072.