Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.
Volume 22 Issue 2, May 2016
Ever since the Treaty of Rome, freedom of movement has been an important right and a core component of the founding treaties of the EU. The freedom to move freely within the European Union, as well as the freedom to take up a job in another country, is accessible to the citizens of all Member States. In addition, the European Commission has supported mobility in other ways, such as the Posted Workers Directive, introduced in 1996. Labour economists assume that labour migration on the whole has positive welfare effects and that within the eurozone labour mobility serves an important function for smoothing imbalances.