Labour Mobility and Industrial Citizenship in Europe: Results from Migrant Centered Research Projects
Panel Organizer: Nathan Lillie
Within nation states, workers have traditionally enjoyed protection and influence through institutions of national industrial citizenship, although these have been in decline in recent years. Increasing mobility within the European Union means that increasing numbers of people are now working outside their home country. While the European Union provides a base-line regulatory framework and set of social rights for intra-EU migrants, this is incompletely realized and weakly enforced in many cases. Furthermore, third country migrants do not enjoy the same level of protection as those with EU citizenship. European Union institutions and the societies of EU member states project a conditional acceptance of migrants, justified on claims about economic benefits of migration. This panel addresses the following questions: How does migrants’ marginal status affect their access to labour rights? What social claims do migrants make, and how do they frame them? Is there a contradiction between being an economically competitive “good” migrant, and being a “good” industrial citizen who supports host country labour rights and industrial relations institutions?
Discussant: Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio, University of Manchester