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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Project website: www.reminder-project.eu
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The overall methodological approach is characterised by three main features:
- Multiple methods analysis: the project uses quantitative data to describe free movement patterns, socio-economic impacts and public representations in a systematic manner and to explore correlations between variables, while using qualitative analysis to ‘see inside’ processes of individual decision-making and to provide a more nuanced assessment of causal mechanisms that take into account the weaknesses of quantitative approaches.
- Strong emphasis on stakeholder knowledge and policy implications: producers and consumers of information about intra-EU mobility, including journalists, policymakers, social partners, press officers, and other practitioners with on-the-ground knowledge of the impacts of free movement play an important role in the research. The focus on institutions and policy design throughout positions the project to develop concrete policy recommendations.
- Interdisciplinary exchange and coordination between work packages: because of the complex interactions between the phenomena studied, close coordination is required to ensure that the WPs add up to more than the sum of their parts. WPs will build on each other not just through regular exchange of findings and interpretations among the researchers, but also by developing indicators and variables that can be transferred between the quantitative WPs.