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A highly skilled builder from Poland working with construction tools in a flat in London, United Kingdom.

Labor mobility is vital to the European Union.

Free to Work

April 2014, Number 05.02

“Newspaper reporters and television cameramen patrolled British airports, train stations and bus depots on January 1, 2014, looking for the “tidal wave” of new migrants. An influx of migrants was expected because transitional work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens had expired the day before, seven years after those countries joined the European Union, allowing their residents to work anywhere in the EU.

Even though that feared tsunami didn’t arrive, many Europeans are concerned that liberalization of labor markets for immigrants from the EU’s eastern members will interrupt the progress made by Western European countries still struggling through economic recoveries. In the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, media outlets and politicians clamor for protecting labor markets and social welfare systems from immigrants...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Free to Work,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  5, No. 2, 2014: 52-55.

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