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Social Rights of EU Migrant Citizens: Britain and Germany Compared

Bruzelius, C; Chase, E; Seeleib-Kaiser, M; (2015) Social Rights of EU Migrant Citizens: Britain and Germany Compared. Social Policy and Society , 15 (3) pp. 403-416. 10.1017/S1474746415000585. Green open access

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Abstract

European migrant citizens and their social rights are strongly contested in British political debate. This article seeks to challenge some common concerns and perceptions regarding the exceptionality of the British welfare state and the alleged ‘costs’ to it from intra-EU migration. The article first provides a brief overview of the foundations for EU citizenship and associated social rights, highlighting the semi-sovereign nature of welfare states in the European Union. It then (i) rejects the significance of the often-claimed difference between contributory and non-contributory welfare states in the context of EU migration; and (ii) challenges concerns about the costs of EU migration. The article contrasts the experiences of Britain and Germany. It concludes by considering how concerns often associated with EU migration can be addressed by improving administrative and state capacities.

Type: Article
Title: Social Rights of EU Migrant Citizens: Britain and Germany Compared
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S1474746415000585
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746415000585
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2015.
Keywords: EU integration; intra-EU migration; social rights; United Kingdom; Germany
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476264
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