Opportunities and obstacles: intra-EU skilled migration to the UK

Opportunities and obstacles: intra-EU skilled migration to the UK

  • 14 September 2012, 9am – 5pm

Venue: Broadway House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NQ
Price: Full delegate rate – £50, concessionary rate – £25 (for unemployed, retired, students).

The decisive moment in Intra-EU mobility rights came in November 1993 with the Maastricht Treaty, establishing the formal legal conditions for unhindered mobility of EU citizens. Within the context of EU mobility rights, it has been suggested that national borders are ‘treated as if they have little or no significance for EU citizens other than as markers delineating locations on a map where languages tend to change’ (Kennedy, 2008: 120).  However, it has also been argued that there has been ‘less migrational movement than expected by the architects of the European Union’ (Verwiebe, et al, 2010: 276). Nonetheless, London has become a prime destination of European free movement (Favell, 2003). Amongst intra-EU migration to the UK and London, much attention has been focussed on the arrival of the lower-skilled, and in particular Eastern European economic migrants. In contrast, the mobilities of the skilled, and especially the highly skilled, have been far less visible.

This policy seminar is organised by Dr. Jon Mulholland and Dr. Louise Ryan. Focusing on Intra-EU mobility, this seminar explores the patterns, rights, and opportunities of skilled migrants to the UK. In addition, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, the seminar also explores the barriers or obstacles which may continue to impact on the mobility of skilled migrants and their families. 

The event will be of relevance to a variety of interests; including: policy makers, NGOs, think tanks, academics and researchers.

Papers include:

Details can be acquired from Dr Jon Mulholland or Prof Louise Ryan.