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International Journal of Social Economics

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Europe: is it ready for free movement of its workforce?

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Title:Europe: is it ready for free movement of its workforce?
Author(s):David Floyd, (Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK), John McManus, (Lincoln Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Citation:David Floyd, John McManus, (2009) "Europe: is it ready for free movement of its workforce?", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 36 Iss: 11, pp.1082 - 1085
Keywords:Employees, Employment legislation, Europe, European Union, Labour mobility
Article type:Viewpoint
DOI:10.1108/03068290910992633 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine what could be achieved through workforce mobility in Europe.

Design/methodology/approach – The approach taken is a literature and case review.

Findings – Findings indicate that full mobility of a European workforce is largely permitted and tolerated though a complex web of legal policy and constraints which need to be reviewed if full mobility is to be achieved within the European Union (EU).

Practical implications – The paper draws on integration and trade theory to highlight the issues of mobility within the EU. The paper may prove useful to policy makers and researchers.

Originality/value – This paper allows researchers to gain an understanding of the issues in workforce mobility within the EU and build a conceptual portrait of the challenges faced by policy makers.

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