Newsletter issue 2
The reality of free movement for young European citizens migrating in times of crisis
Welcome to the second 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!

Field research on free movement concluded
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Empirical research in the 15 EU member states that participate in the ON THE MOVE project has been concluded.
567 young people and representatives from 67 relevant authorities were interviewed in the course of the project

Large scale qualitative field research was undertaken, aimed to indicate the main drivers and barriers of free movement according to the experience of young people, aged 25 to 35.
15 countries participated in the research
Based on the analysis of the intra-EU free movement trends, member states were organized in three groups:
  1. Receiving countries, with a clear inward movement trend
  2. Sending countries, with a clear outward movement trend and
  3. Mixed countries, where outward and inward movement is relatively balanced

Drivers and barriers from moving from sending countries
The main sending countries were Greece, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania (sending countries) and also Cyprus, Spain, Austria and Italy (mixed countries).
Drivers and barriers from moving to receiving countries
The main receiving countries were Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the UK (receiving countries) and also Cyprus, Spain, Austria and Italy (mixed countries).
Coordination Meeting in Athens held in November 10-11, 2016

The project partners met in Athens, on 10 and 11 November 2016, to discuss the findings of the field research in sending, receiving and mixed countries and to decide on the next steps
Project website launched
The project website is launched and can be accessed at

The national reports, featuring the research and findings in each partner country, will be accessible through the website shortly.
Upcoming events and activities
The project will now focus on
  • Analysis of the individual experiences of young EU citizens when exercising their right to free movement. This analysis will be compiled in a “Report on individual experiences of young people on the move”

  • Comparison of the data collected across the EU-15 MS that participate in the project, analysis of the extent to which the fundamental right to free movement is exercised effectively and concrete recommendations for national and EU authorities. This will form part of a “Comparative report and recommendations”

  • Four thematic reports will be elaborated, offering in depth analysis of specific issues that emerge concerning free movement trends, patterns and specific barriers

  • Best practice manual addressed to local, regional and national authorities

  • Manual addressing ‘myths’ and stereotypes for young people who wish to move across Europe

  • A workshop will be organized in Brussels, addressed to EU officials and young people from across Europe


Learn more:

We invite you to visit the project website at; 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

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