In a panel on the experience with free labor mobility in an enlarged EU, Martin Kahanec discussed the contribution of Laurent Aujean and Guy Lejeune (both DG EMPL) who authored chapter 6 „Intra-EU mobility and the impact of enlargement“ of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review 2011 report.
Martin Kahanec welcomed the efforts of the Commission to study the labor market effects of the freedom of movement of workers in an enlarged EU. He pointed out, however, that a number of questions remain unanswered and further research is needed. This especially concerns structural imbalances as a cause and result of migration, the selectivity of return and circular migration and the effects on the left-behinds and welfare systems in the sending countries, to mention a few. Martin Kahanec also called for more attention to the effects of free labor mobility in the new member states.
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