Currently field research is conducted by each partner in their respective countries. Research is structured by grouping the 15 participating member states in three categories:
- Receiving countries, with a clear inward movement trend, include Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the UK.
- Sending countries, with a clear outward movement trend, include Greece, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania.
- Mixed countries, where outward and inward movement is relatively balanced, include Cyprus, Spain, Austria and Italy.
Empirical research targets primarily young EU citizens, 25-35 years old, who have either exercised their right to free movement or wish to do so, in order to identify the real or perceived barriers they experienced. This target group includes three sub-groups:
a) individuals who moved to an EU MS (or several) and remain abroad;
b) individuals who wish to move or are preparing to move to another EU MS;
c) individuals with experience of moving, who have returned to their country of origin.