Newsletter issue 1
The reality of free movement for young European citizens migrating in times of crisis
Welcome to the first issue of the On-the-Move project newsletter! Through the newsletter we aim to create a forum for the exchange of information for all those interested in free movement within the European Union, whether interested citizens; competent local, regional and national authorities;  policy makers; academic scholars or research institutions. Our intention is to provide regular updates on the project progress, important findings and other interesting related information, including new developments, publications or relevant events. A new issue of the newsletter will circulate quarterly and we would like to invite you to advertise relevant research, studies or other information by contacting us here . In order to receive the newsletter fresh from the press, please subscribe here!

The right to move and reside freely in the EU
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Mobility within the EU is underused: in 2012 only 3.1% of working-age European citizens lived in another EU MS. EU citizens consider the freedom of mobility as the second most important achievement of the EU (Standard Eurobarometer 77) and provisions to enable it have been in place for decades. However, mobile citizens report a wide range of problems when using them. According to the EU Citizenship Report 2013 barriers occur before, during or after moving. Perceptions often work against free movement: workers believe that mobility is good for EU integration but costly, difficult and not useful for individuals (Eurobarometer, 2009). Complaints addressed to the EC reveal that workers fear discrimination on the basis of nationality and this prevents the enjoyment of their right (EC, 2011). 
The project

The project addresses the reality of free movement from the viewpoint of young European citizens. It aims to:
a) identify real and perceived obstacles and barriers that young people face when exercising their right to free movement
b) identify practices that promote or hinder this right
c) raise awareness among young people on their rights and among national and EU bodies on identified barriers
d) propose solutions for making the right to free movement effective
The Methodology
The project addresses 3 main target groups:
  • young citizens across Europe
  • local, regional and national authorities competent on free movement
  • EU Institutions
and combines legal and empirical methods to help understand European legislation and practices through the eyes of its subjects.
It focuses on three distinct levels of analysis: individual, national, cross-national and European.
It involves extensive legal and empirical research in 15 EU Member States that have experienced increased outgoing or incoming migration in the last 4 years, thus covering both sending and recipient countries and also offers capacity building for both EU officials and young people across Europe. 

Data will be collected through desktop research; legal research and empirical research.

Field research 
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:
  1. Receiving countries, with a clear inward movement trend, include Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the UK.
  2. Sending countries, with a clear outward movement trend, include Greece, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania.
  3. 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.
The Partnership

The project is implemented by the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistokles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation, in collaboration with leading organisations and universities from 14 other members states of the European Union. The project team met in Athens, on December 10th and 11th, 2015 to coordinate next steps and set the ground for the project commencement.

Learn more:

We invite you to visit the project website at; visit the project facebook page at or contact us for further information.

Contact us
Annie Camarioti, Project Manager
Centre for European Constitutional Law
43, Akadimias str, 10672 Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 210 3623089, 3623506, 3623634, 3623736, 3623029, 3623391
Fax: +30 210 3390522

Co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union

"This newsletter has been produced with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistocles & Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation and its partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission"