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Project Details

Research Cluster: OISP
Start Date: 30.09.2014
End Date: 31.03.2016

Being EU Citizens: Perceptions and lived experiences of exercising social rights in the UK

DSPI Principal Investigator: Professor Martin Seeleib-Kaiser
Funded by: John Fell OUP Fund

Project Outline

As part of a larger European Commission-funded project: Barriers to EU Citizenship (http://beucitizen.eu/), this study examines how far EU Citizens coming to the UK know about, understand and feel able to exercise their social rights.

The overall aim of the research is to strengthen the evidence base informing political debate and policy in the UK concerning the practical opportunities and barriers that EU Citizens may face in exercising social rights to social protection, housing, health care and education while living and working in the UK.  By selecting research participants from four countries with very different welfare and social rights regimes (Poland, Spain, Germany and Romania) the research will investigate how (if at all) people’s experiences of social rights in their countries of origin influence the range of barriers and opportunities they may face in exercising such rights in the UK.

Research Questions
  1. What are the different motivations for EU citizens to migrate to the UK?
  2.  What expectations (if any) did EU citizens migrating to the UK have of their social rights to healthcare, housing, social protection and subsidiary ‘safety net’ support?
  3. Under what circumstances (if at all) have EU Citizens in the UK exercised these social rights? (including exporting or accessing rights to or from their ‘home country’ after arriving in the UK)
  4. What factors facilitated and/or inhibited the exercise of these rights while residing in the UK?
  5. Have their perceptions of social rights changed in any way since moving to the UK?
  6. How might we best investigate EU citizens’ perceptions, expectations of and de facto access to social rights across the European Union?

The research will include: focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with EU Citizens from Poland, Spain, Germany and Romania living in the UK; interviews with service providers with whom EU Citizens are likely to engage in order to exercise their social rights; and a review of anonymised advice centre case files.

Project Output

Project Events

PUBLIC EVENT: DOES EU FREE MOVEMENT WORK FOR MANCHESTER? 21/10/15

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OPEN FORUM: WORKING WITH EU MIGRANT CITIZENS IN GREATER MANCHESTER 08/09/15

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PUBLIC EVENT: MAKING FREE MOVEMENT WORK 15/06/15

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OPEN FORUM: WORKING WITH EU MIGRANT CITIZENS IN OXFORDSHIRE 08/03/15

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For further information about this project please contact Rebecca Ehata (Rebecca.ehata@spi.ox.ac.uk); or Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (Martin.seeleib@spi.ox.ac.uk) 

Related Publications

  • Ehata, Rebecca; Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin (2017) "Benefit Tourism and EU Migrant Citizens: Real-world Experiences", Hudson, John; Needham, Catherine and Heins, Elke ed.,Social Policy Review 29. Bristol: Policy Press, 181-197

  • Ehata, Rebecca; Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin (2017) "Benefit Tourism and EU Migrant Citizens: Real-world Experiences", Hudson, John; Needham, Catherine and Heins, Elke ed.,Social Policy Review 29. Bristol: Policy Press, 181-197