Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU

Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU

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Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU by Elspeth Guild

This book examines the main policy controversies that have emerged in the European Union over migration and its impact on the welfare system. Does migration constitute a disproportionate burden to member states' domestic labor markets and welfare systems? Should noncitizens be entitled to social benefits in the state where they live? Is there objective evidence and statistical data indicating abuse of social benefits by noncitizens, "social welfare tourism," or the "welfare magnet" hypothesis, in which migrants are attracted to countries that provide more generous welfare?

The contributors analyze these controversies as they affect different categories of noncitizens in the framework of EU law and policy. They also examine the uses or misuses of data, information, and social science knowledge in the debates over the reliance by noncitizens on social benefits. The book concludes with a set of recommendations addressed to EU policymakers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789461383495
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam of European Migration Law at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Queen Mary, University of London. She is also an associate senior research fellow at CEPS and a partner at the London law firm Kingsley Napley.

Sergio Carrera is a senior research fellow and head of theJustice and Home Affairs programme at CEPS. Katharina Eisele is a researcher in the Justice and Home Affairs programme at CEPS.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jean Lambert i

Preface Elspeth Guild Sergio Carrera xi

1 Access for Migrants to Social Assistance: Closing the Frontiers or Reducing Citizenship? Kees Groenendijk 1

2 Social Assistance and Social Security for Lawfully Resident Third-Country Nationals: On the Road to Citizenship? Kees Groenendijk 22

3 The Significance of Decision 3/80 of the EEC-Turkey Association Council Paul Minderhoud 31

4 Social Security Rights of Third-Country Nationals under the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements Anja Wiesbrock 45

5 Asylum-Seekers and People in Need of International Protection Madeline Garlick 62

6 EU Regulations on the Coordination of Social Security Systems and Special Non-Contributory Benefits: A Source of Never-Ending Controversy Rob Cornelissen 82

7 Does Generous Welfare Attract Immigrants? Towards Evidence-Based Policy-Making Corrado Giulietti Martin Kahanec 111

8 Social Benefits and Migration: A Contested Relationship and Policy Challenge in the EU Elspeth Guild Sergio Carrera Katharina Eisele 128

References 143

List of Contributors 151

List of Abbreviations 152

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