Labor Mobility after Brexit


What will Brexit mean for the free movement of workers between the UK and the EU?

This will be discussed by Lindsey Barras (Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal), Jonathan Portes (Principal Research Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research) and Klaus F. Zimmermann (Princeton University and UNU-MERIT).

Immigration was a major factor – if not the major factor – in the UK’s vote to leave the EU. The UK government is promising to take a tough stance on immigration in the negotiations. Meanwhile EU leaders are signalling that freedom of movement is non-negotiable and four central European countries are threatening to block any trade deal with the UK that would restrict the rights of their workers to live and work in the EU.

MORE INFORMATION  about the event at Bruegel.

Brexit symbolizes the new worries about internal European mobility. At the same time, the additional fears generated by the refugee crisis crowds out the necessary debate about new labor migration to Europe. Against this background, Martin Kahanec and Klaus F. Zimmermann have presented their book on EU enlargement and the labor markets in Europe dealing with these issues. The lessons drawn rely on the research work of a multi-country project team providing empirical evidence on European migration in the Great Recession and afterwards for many countries, in particular the UK.

Klaus F. Zimmermann in Brussels



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