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Author Maatsch, Sönke.

Title Central and East European migrants' contributions to social protection / Sönke Maatsch
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 231 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Studies in economic transition
Studies in economic transition.
Contents Introduction -- Who Migrates? Theory, Lessons from the Past, and the Latest Data -- Are Welfare States Endangered by Migration? The perspective of economic theory -- A Model of EU Eastward Enlargement -- EU Social Legislation and National Social Policies -- Latest Data: What do we know about the 'New Migration'? -- National Social Policies in the Light of the Eastern Enlargement -- Conclusions
Summary Prior to the first EU 'eastward enlargement' in 2004, many economists warned of the impact of East₆West migration on the sustainability of social protection schemes in Western Europe. Very critical voices came from Germany, which restricted access to its labour market for as long as possible under EU legislation. Other countries such as Ireland opened their borders to Central and Eastern European migrants from day one of accession. A decade later, the critical voices remain silent. Central and East European Migrants' Contributions to Social Protection explains how misperceptions of East₆West migration and of the impact of EU legislation contributed to an overestimation of the impact of migration on social protection. Through case studies of Germany, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, Maatsch shows the mechanisms at work and the amplitude of effects
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Public welfare -- European Union countries.
European Union countries -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy.
European Union countries -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012277349
ISBN 1137295813 (electronic bk.)
129940605X (MyiLibrary)
9781137295811 (electronic bk.)
9781299406056 (MyiLibrary)