UNU-MERIT is joining a research consortium of 13 European institutions on a three-year project titled ‘The Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms’ (REMINDER). The project starts in January 2017 under the lead of Oxford University and is funded by the European Commission’s ‘Horizon 2020’ Framework Program for Research and innovation. The project investigates the economic, social, institutional and policy factors that have shaped the impacts of free movement and the public debates surrounding it. The research aims to help European policymakers develop policy responses that inspire public trust, ensure the fairness and sustainability of free movement, and maintain inclusive policies that reduce inequalities across the continent. UNU-MERIT contributes to two working packages within the project: the Mapping and the Determinants package (the latter in collaboration with Oxford University). The Mapping work package entails a comprehensive mapping of the patterns and dynamics of geographical mobility within the EU among EU citizens and third-country nationals. The Determinants work package explores the drivers and motivations of mobility to and within the EU using a mixed-method approach.
For the Mapping work package, UNU-MERIT’s team produces policy notes and journal articles on the patterns and networks of intra-EU mobility as well as the challenges of monitoring these migration flows. The background information and data gathered in the research is covered in the preliminary report. The main report covering the background, data, analysis and recommendations of the research is published at the end of the project. Within the Determinants package, UNU-MERIT’s team conducts the qualitative aspects of the research, which includes a review of the existing literature on the determinants of intra-EU mobility as well as focus-group interviews which help complement the quantitative analysis. Findings are shared in a policy note, a preliminary, and a main report, as well as being disseminated through conferences, seminars and journal articles.