Newsletter issue 3
The reality of free movement for young European citizens migrating in times of crisis
Welcome to the third issue of the On-the-Move project newsletter! The newsletter aims to disseminate information to those interested in free movement: citizens, local, regional and national authorities; policy makers; scholars or research institutions. The newsletter provides regular updates on the project progress, important findings and other interesting information.

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Individual experiences of young people on the move recorded and analysed
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What does the reality of free movement look like for young Europeans, especially in the context of the economic crisis affecting countries and labour markets?

567 young people, aged 25 to 35, have been interviewed in 15 EU member states. Their motives for moving, the barriers they encounter and the solutions they have applied are recorded and analyzed in a report, available on the project website.
Perspectives on free movement
Drivers and barriers
Economic drivers: unemployment, low job prospects, inadequate wages

Non-economic drivers: family, friends and acquaintances or political and societal challenges, such as corruption, non-functioning institutions, bad experiences with health and educational systems.

Barriers: language, access to practical and useful information; bureaucracy; high living costs; competition in the labour market; adjustment to the host culture; making new friends and creating social networks; homesickness; weather
Here is what our research indicated in terms of the major barriers faced by young people when moving through the EU




What do the authorities believe?
67 representatives of authorities, experts and NGOs participated in the qualitative research.

Major challenge for national authorities is to find the correct balance between promoting free movement, informing of possible difficulties when settling abroad, and preventing brain drain.

To reach this balance key factors mentioned are the following:
  • improving access to information on free movement and movers’ rights
  • enhancing cooperation between authorities
  • involving local authorities more closely to foster integration 
Coordination meeting in Athens, 4–5 May, 2017

The project partners met in Athens, on 4 and 5 May 2017, to discuss the progress of the project and to organise the next steps
Upcoming events and activities
The project will now focus on
  • Concrete recommendations for national and EU authorities. This will form part of a “Comparative report and recommendations”
  • 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

"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"