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EU Enlargement, Migration and Asymmetric Citizenship: Political Economy of Inequality and the Demise of the European Social Model
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Globalizations, ISSN 1474-7731, E-ISSN 1474-774X, Vol. 8, no 3, 277-294 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses European regionalism with a focus on the viability of social citizenship and transnational migrants and labour rights. These issues are explored by addressing two interrelated formative moments: EU enlargement towards former communist countries and the EU migration regime. The main argument is that the impact of an employer-friendly asymmetric inclusion of the new member states (NMS) into the peripheral pattern of accumulation within the EU has created severe limitations on the enactment of EU social citizenship. While neoliberal restructuring in the NMS has generated a political economy of inequality, informalization of the economy, and precarization of labour, new mobility landscapes and the connective transformation of labour market regimes tend to undermine EU-wide citizenship rights. Moreover, the cumulative effect of the securitization of EU migration regime and responses of the EU to the current financial crisis in terms of policies of economic austerity counters the promise of transnational labour and migrants rights.

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Taylor & Francis , 2011. Vol. 8, no 3, 277-294 p.
Keyword [en]
EU enlargement, migration, citizenship, European Social Model
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68156DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2011.576844ISI: 000299820600003OAI: diva2:416768
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