Immigration and the principle of ‘free movement’ of people have become highly contested within the contemporary European sphere. Too often this conversation has been badly skewed towards the concerns of host countries experiencing rising levels of inward migration. Less attention has been paid to the reasons for migration from Central and Eastern European countries and the challenges these pose to a Europe seeking equitable growth. Within host countries migrants at the lower end of the income spectrum often experience acute vulnerability and exploitation, despite the protections provided by European ‘free movement’ rights. This panel will explore these issues in a holistic way, appraising the developmental and social implications of the ‘immigration challenge’ for the European project in the years ahead.
Adrian Dohotaru is a member of the Romanian Parliament. He is an active campaigner for social justice, housing rights and against discriminatory policies towards the Roma community.
Tim Judah is a journalist with the Economist and a Visiting Fellow of the IWM Europe’s Futures programme.
Elisabeth Scheibelhofer is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Vienna and a lead researcher on the TRANSWEL project.
Luke Cooper is a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and a Visiting Fellow of the IWM Europe’s Futures programme.
Europe’s Futures – Ideas for Actors is a joint initiative by ERSTE Foundation and IWM