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The Fear of the “Social Dumping” and the Restriction of the Labour Force at the European Level



    (A.S.E Bucharest, Romania)


In the restless and alarming context of the present economic crisis with its manifestations and effects, the labour market at European level confronts itself with a saturation of the labour force offer. With all the restrictions imposed by the measures concerning the reduction of the transfrontier mobility of the labour force within the European Union, the liberalization of the movements on the labour market creates real problems to the European governors. We deal with a contradiction (one of many others) at the European level; on the one side, the active concern for the achievement of the fundamental principle of European legislation concerning the free traffic of labour force and, on the other side, the fear that the labour force originated in the newly-integrated zones in the space of United Europe will create disequilibriums in the sustained and promoted social systems by extremely protectionist measures of the traditional community states. The encouraging economic laws for the coming out of crisis are, in their turn, in dispute; they either support the creation of jobs as ideal measures for the revival of the labour market marked by the unemployment, or sustain models of financial management by means of which to save and guide the financial markets. Declared by E.U. as “the European Year of the Struggle against Poverty and Social Exclusion”, 2010 represents a serious moment of reference as far as the acceptance without reserve of the labour force originated in the Eastern Europe Zone is concerned. This is true because the discretionary approach of the European Constitution for the immigration quota, continues to generate great differences among the European countries that manifest totally different and non-concordant positions. The care towards an eventual “social dumping” transforms into a true and unquestionable policy of social limitation combined with an exacerbate protectionism. The present study proposes an economic-social analysis of the present phenomena, of the solutions, the initiatives and European projects co-financed or in partnership with the aim of diminishing the major effects of the crisis on the labour market.

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  • Mariana Iovitu, 2011. "The Fear of the “Social Dumping” and the Restriction of the Labour Force at the European Level," Timisoara Journal of Economics, West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 4(1(13)), pages 5-10.
  • Handle: RePEc:wun:journl:tje:v04:y2011:i1(13):a01

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    social dumping; the restriction of the labour force; social exclusion;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • J62 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Job, Occupational and Intergenerational Mobility; Promotion
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J83 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Workers' Rights


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